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jbfam4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:45 PM
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Saddam moved to Qatar over rescue fears
Saddam moved to Qatar over rescue fears
By Hugh Dougherty, Evening Standard
7 April 2004

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/10126171?so...
Saddam Hussein has been moved out of Iraq because of fears he would be rescued from American captivity by insurgents.

The deposed dictator is being held on a US airbase in Qatar, where he is being interrogated by the FBI and CIA. Ironically, he is now living a few miles from his wife, Sajida Kheirallah Talfah, who has been given safe haven by the Qatari royal family and a home in one of their palaces. Saddam



Some of the FBI interrogators who had hoped he would crack through techniques which have included sleep deprivation, being subjected to rapid changes of room temperature and being offered rewards for co-operation have lost hope.

They have concluded he was so surrounded by sycophants he had no real idea of what was happening in his country. His former deputy prime minister and international envoy Tariq Aziz, who is being held at Baghdad Airport, is being equally unco-operative.

US authorities are no nearer to putting Saddam on trial for war crimes, despite having set up a tribunal in Baghdad six weeks after his capture.
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drthais Donating Member (771 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:53 PM
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1. but WAIT
I thought he had been on an aircraft carrier
prior to the move

like, WHO is going to snatch him off of an aircraft carrier?????
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:55 PM
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2. Isn't the case of Saddam an open and shut case?
Or is it that they really cannot afford the political embarrasment of putting him on trial and letting him defend himself?

Saddam will never, ever appear in court as long as Bush is in office. Actually, he'll probably pass away before such a trial can start.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:10 PM
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3. But didn't * say the Iraqis didn't want him?
Ugh, this situation grows worse every day.

And all because of a lie... that became another lie... and another lie... each bigger than the next.
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quispquake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:06 PM
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4. Moved by Moderator
not an editorial...
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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:09 PM
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5. Key phrase
"(FBI interrogators) have concluded he was so surrounded by sycophants he had no real idea of what was happening in his country."

This could be the key part of a legal defense.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:28 PM
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6. could also be used,
legitimately, by Bush when his trial comes up.
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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:29 PM
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7. my thinking exactly
"But I *told* you, I don't read papers!"
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