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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:50 AM
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Saddam dead by Saturday
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 11:13 AM by itsmesgd
updates to follow

CNN is reporting from Reuters that the US has handed him over to the Iraqi Government.

CNN is also reporting that Iraqi judges have said that he will be executed by Saturday, before the beginning of the holy period that will begin on Sunday.

AP story
http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ_SADDAM?...

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi judge says Saddam Hussein will be executed by Saturday at the latest.
Dec 29, 11:52 AM EST/ 7:52PM Iraqi local time

The Sunni holiday begins in earnest on Saturday afternoon before dusk. That would give less than 20 hours from noon on Friday EST


additional edit:
AP reports: Iraqi judges say Hussein to be executed "today or tomorrow".
CNN: Hussein's defense team told not to bother coming into Baghdad. The Iraqi PM has said "No delay in execution"

CNN's Arwa Damon is on the street in Baghdad where locals have commented that they are awaiting the news of the execution.
Also, The Iraqi law says that someone cannot be executed on "their" holy days. For Saddam, it starts Saturday, Sunday for others. {does this give us a 3 hour window?}
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:53 AM
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:54 AM
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2. So when do we turn over Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld?
n/t
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:55 AM
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3. Going to post this
might get flamed but I believe it, so I will take my chances.

We need to keep Saddam alive. This is one of the only evil bastards that can run that country. He knows all the players and we need him alive just for the intelligence material he can offer us.

Of course Bush wants his Christmas present, while he holds Saddam's gun, to watch this live on some web cam. This grown man reminds me of a child.
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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:57 AM
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5. no flamming here, you are right.
It's hard to interrogate and effectively investigate dead people.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:55 AM
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4. It is so sick to live in a world like ours.
On the other hand if the * regime insists on this type of justice for Saddam I must assume that * would think it fair treatment for himself should the American justice system deem it necessary.
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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:01 AM
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6. Will this come as a slap in the face with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca happening right now as well
Are we purposefully trying to piss off as many people as we can?
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:05 AM
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7. Reuters: Saddam handed over. ... AP: Judge says execution by Saturday
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 11:00 AM by Bozita
Both CNN and MSNBC are reporting this as breaking news.

I'm off to find links.


Headline stuff at both websites:
http://www.cnn.com /
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:05 AM
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8. This means he may be dead within as little as four hours
Saddam was a tyrant and a murderer, but even he deserved better than this.
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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:05 AM
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10. Lots of the TV 'experts' are saying that
they should have rolled a grenade into the hidee-hole when they found it.

Who says that ANY of us are civilized?
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Say_What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:05 AM
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9. I'm gonna puke...
I can't believe how blood thirsty these SOBs are.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:06 AM
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11. Saddam transferred to Iraqi custody: defense lawyer (Execution near?)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061229/ts_nm/iraq_saddam_h...
just happened. short blurb

10 minutes ago

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. officials have transferred former Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein to Iraqi custody, the chief defense lawyer told Reuters on Friday.


"The American side has notified us that they have handed over the president to the Iraqi authorities," said Khalil al-Dulaimi, head of Saddam's defense team.
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Strathos Donating Member (713 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:11 AM
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12. I don't understand
how anyone can support or look forward to the death of another human being. I don't know what bad is gonna be made better.

Kind of destroys what little faith in humankind I have left.
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kaneko Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:45 PM
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23. Bravo!
I agree 100% with Stratho and thank him/her for expressing his disgust.
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Strathos Donating Member (713 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:58 PM
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24. You're welcome.
;-)
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ripple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:05 PM
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28. Was someone here doing that?
or are you just speaking in general terms? I only ask because I didn't get the impression that the OP was somehow looking forward to Hussein's death.

I agree with your sentiments, BTW.
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Strathos Donating Member (713 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 10:41 AM
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39. Just general statements
Not pointing out anyone here.
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Paulie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:12 AM
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13. There is a chance he's gonna do a Houdini
The money involved, the pissed off people in country... think the Iraqi's are going to allow a dna test of his corpse???
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:12 AM
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14. Please use the headlines as they appear in the original
and don't make up your own. Thanks.

actual headline
Judge: Saddam to Be Executed by Saturday
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:14 AM
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15. Reuters: No date set for Saddam hanging -aide to Iraqi PM
No date set for Saddam hanging -aide to Iraqi PM
29 Dec 2006 16:31:45 GMT
Source: Reuters

BAGHDAD, Dec 29 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government is still discussing the legal
procedures necessary to execute Saddam Hussein and nothing has been decided
about the timing, an aide to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday.

U.S.-backed Iraqi television channel Al Hurra quoted Iraqi sources as saying
Saddam would either be hanged within hours on Friday or the execution would
be put off until after a week-long religious holiday.

The aide to Maliki, who declined to be identified, said the government was still
divided on the issue of whether a presidential decree was required before the
hanging.

A source in the prosecution, which according to the penal code must have a
representative at an execution, told Reuters he was unaware of any plans for an
imminent execution.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29818179.htm
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:30 AM
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16. Reuters has updated their story
US hands Saddam to Iraqis for execution -lawyer
BAGHDAD, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday handed over Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities for execution, his chief lawyer said, but conflicting accounts swirled over whether the ousted president would be hanged within hours.

Senior Iraqi officials, including two cabinet ministers, the Justice Ministry which is responsible for executions, a court prosecutor and an aide to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, all denied comments from a U.S. official and reports in Iraqi media that Saddam could go to the gallows as early as Saturday.

But an Iraqi television channel quoted a judge saying he would die on Friday or Saturday and defence lawyer Khalil al- Dulaimi told Reuters: "The Americans have notified us that they have handed over the president to the Iraqi authorities.

"They told us the president is no longer under the authority of the American forces and they requested us not to go to Baghdad," added
more:http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29818179.htm
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rebel with a cause Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:40 AM
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17. channel surfing in the early hours
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 11:43 AM by rebel with a cause
Hit fox news and was startled to read "Saddam to hang today" scrolling across the screen.

If fox says it, it must be true? ;( (edited for correct smilie)
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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:19 PM
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18. Iraqi State TV reports that Saddam has been turned over to the new Iraqi government for execution
This will be sure to get the citizenry cranked up. Pray (to whatever diety, if any, you follow) for our troops.
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Stockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:28 PM
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19. Ahh yes better kill him quickly Mr. Bush
We wouldnt want a tribunal bringing up icky questions about where the gas came from that was used back in 1988 in Halabja now would we?

Disregard those pesky Kurds and their need for answers.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:38 PM
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38. A dead man tells no tales.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:29 PM
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20. Saddam still in US custody - US official 1 minute ago
WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who is facing execution, remains in U.S. custody, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said on Friday.

"My understanding is that there's been no change in his status," Casey said.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WBT006359.htm
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:43 PM
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29. Can't wait for the headline, 'Bush still in US custody' n/t
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:36 PM
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21. Guess Bush will make a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend. They are waiting
until Bush gets there. They are arranging for Bush to have a private viewing room complete with a box of Kleenex and some joy lubrication.
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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:44 PM
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22. woof
I bet he has his home theater dialed in to a direct feed. Dick might even go shoot somebody in celebration later tomorrow.
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Idioteque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:46 PM
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25. I'm surprised they didn't wait until the State of the Union
Then Bush can say "Today a brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein, has been put to death."

That way the news cameras could pan to all of the Democrats who don't stand up and clap because of their opposition to the death penalty.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:59 PM
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26. As bad as Hussein may be, I am disgusted at this execution
And I am ashamed that the US Government is involved in killing this man. Wash your hands, George, and turn him over to the Iraqis. Pontious Pilate has gone down in history, too.
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aggiesal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:02 PM
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27. Why isn't Saddam trial at the World Court at The Hague?
Oooh! I forgot, we don't want the real evidence getting out.
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itsmesgd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:13 PM
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30. AP: Top Iraqi Official Says Hussein To Be Executed Before 6AM Sat.
that gives him 5 hours max as of 5pm est
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atomicdawg38 Donating Member (80 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:17 PM
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31. I'm shocked
I can't believe they are going to do this. CNN saying execution within 5 hours.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:22 PM
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32. al-Maliki: "Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him"
"Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him, and there will be no review or delay in carrying out the sentence," al-Maliki said.
"The Americans want him to be hanged respectfully," al-Nueimi said. If Saddam is humiliated publicly or his corpse ill-treated "that could cause an uprising and the Americans would be blamed," he said.

Official: Saddam to be executed tonight
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061229/ap_on_re_mi_ea/sadd...

The stuff of dark farce.


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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:26 PM
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33. "...and the Americans would be blamed"
Ya don't think that's going to happen in any case?

I worry now for our military in Iraq. I hope they are able to stay safe through any demonstrations.
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saskatoon Donating Member (574 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:08 PM
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36. Hanged Respectively
Hmmm just how does one do that?
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brettdaleonhoilday Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:26 PM
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34. 10PM EST
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 04:27 PM by brettdaleonhoilday
Saddam will be dead.

So will the 3000th US SOILDER.

Thats 3000 folks.

Bin Laden must be laughing his ASS off!
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:58 PM
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35. ...and Iran will be the biggest winner of all from this.
Archenemy Saddam is hanged while America pays a terrible price for it.

Welcome to DU brettdaleonhoilday. :hi:
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superconnected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:29 PM
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37. And by saturday 3000 us soldiers will also be dead
it's at 2996 right now, losing 4.5 per day.
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