Problem

Official cover-ups

Other Names:
Administrative cover-ups
Bureaucratic cover-ups
Government cover-up
Police cover-ups
Incidence:
The White House kept secret for 10 years illegal and military support for Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. President George Bush ordered a cover-up of the embarrassing history in 1991. A high-level meeting was convened of all federal agencies and departments which had had overt and covert dealings with Iraq over the period in order to minimize public exposure and develop a strategy to frustrate, evade and stifle Congressional investigations into the matter. A secret mechanism was set in place to take control of all Iraq-related public records and make them virtually impossible to obtain -- even if their existence was known. Senate investigations have later revealed that chemical and biological weapons sold to the Iraqis prior to 1989 were used against allied forces in 1991.
Broader Problems:
Official secrecy
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET