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Saddam says: Good morning, I have some questions ("Chemical Ali" Scared, Shaking)
Reuters ^ | 6/30/04 | Michael Georgy

Posted on 06/30/2004 4:46:00 AM PDT by kattracks

BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein, who brutalised Iraqis for decades, said good morning and sought to ask some questions when the United States handed him over to Iraqi justice on Wednesday, a witness said.

Saddam, who was captured hiding near his hometown of Tikrit in December, looked in good health as he appeared before an Iraqi judge in the first legal step towards a trial for the cruelties he inflicted during his 35 years of power.

"Saddam said good morning and asked if he could ask some questions," Salem Chalabi, a lawyer leading the work of a tribunal that will try the former dictator, told Reuters.

"He was told he should wait until tomorrow," said Chalabi, who was in the courtroom where Saddam and 11 of his former lieutenants were turned over to Iraqi legal custody.

But many of the other former Iraqi officials were nervous and agitated, said Chalabi, who has received numerous death threats since taking on the task of helping amass evidence against Saddam and preparing a special tribunal to try him.

Saddam, 67, is accused by Iraqis of torturing and killing hundreds of thousands of people with the help of officials in his Baath party. Saddam became president in 1979, but had already been Iraq's strongman since a Baathist coup in 1968.

His former lieutenants appeared nervous and some were hostile as they were told they would be charged on Thursday.

Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for his role in poison gas attacks, including one that killed about 5,000 Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in 1988, appeared especially rattled.

"He looked very scared. He was shaking," said Chalabi.

Saddam will remain in the physical custody of U.S. forces. He and the 11 others are to be charged on Thursday.

Saddam fled when U.S. forces entered Baghdad on April 9 last year after making a final defiant public appearance near a mosque in the capital. He was then filmed, looking disoriented, unkempt and with a bushy beard, as U.S. military doctors examined him after his capture on December 13.

Among others to be handed over were former Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz; Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother and adviser; Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti, his secretary; Sabawi Ibrahim, Saddam's maternal half-brother; Watban Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother and adviser; and Aziz Salih Numan, Baath Party regional commander and head of the party militia.

These men and others among the 55 most wanted Iraqis on a U.S. list are seen as witnesses who could help prove a chain of command linking Saddam to crimes against humanity.

Saddam will be charged with ordering the 1988 massacres of Kurds, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, according to Chalabi.



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1 posted on 06/30/2004 4:46:00 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

I think if anyone wants to send Saddam a consolation present, he could use a box of Depends.


2 posted on 06/30/2004 4:48:33 AM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: kattracks
..looked in good health..

I thought they discovered when he was first checked over that Saddam had some fatal disease that was going to take him out soon.

If so, my guess is he'll die of natural causes before justice can be administered.

3 posted on 06/30/2004 4:50:02 AM PDT by evad (What's BAD for democRATs is GOOD for America)
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To: kattracks

Saddam needs to seek a change of venue.


4 posted on 06/30/2004 4:51:39 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: evad

I've never heard anything about a fatal disease. Unless you're counting the gallows, guillotine or firing squads as diseases.


5 posted on 06/30/2004 4:51:54 AM PDT by Coop (Freedom isn't free)
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To: kattracks
"He looked very scared. He was shaking," said Chalabi.

Now it's time for them to get theirs....
6 posted on 06/30/2004 4:52:07 AM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: kattracks

Yeah, but this is Reuters. So < shrug > who knows?

Dan


7 posted on 06/30/2004 4:52:37 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: July 4th

"Now it's time for them to get theirs...."

The harder they come, the harder they fall.


8 posted on 06/30/2004 4:53:57 AM PDT by jocon307 (Nor forgive!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I hope he catches Goering Syndrome.


9 posted on 06/30/2004 4:54:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: kattracks
Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for his role in poison gas attacks, including one that killed about 5,000 Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in 1988, appeared especially rattled.

"He looked very scared. He was shaking," said Chalabi.

The Grim Reaper is coming for you Chemical Ali....and I hope you die a slow death.

10 posted on 06/30/2004 4:54:56 AM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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To: kattracks

"Good morning, could I ask some questions..."

"Do you suppose they could get me a softer bed and some better reading material, like maybe Playboy? And I would prefer filet minon instead of this SOS. Also, could I have a bath and a shave?"


11 posted on 06/30/2004 4:56:30 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Yes.. obviously he won't get a fair trial in Iraq. They should move him to some place like Oregon.


12 posted on 06/30/2004 4:56:50 AM PDT by expatguy (Fallujah Delenda Est!!)
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To: evad
...my guess is he'll die of natural causes before justice can be administered.

Yeah, lead poisoning.

13 posted on 06/30/2004 4:56:51 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (* * *This space available for rent * * *)
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To: tdadams

Should the Depends be with, before or after

the Arsnic and Old Lace?


14 posted on 06/30/2004 4:56:56 AM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: AppyPappy

My history is escaping me this morning. Please explain Goering Syndrome.


15 posted on 06/30/2004 4:56:58 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: kattracks; hellinahandcart; Alamo-Girl; JohnHuang2
So Chemical Ali is in custody. Somehow, that one slipped past me.

When was he nabbed?

16 posted on 06/30/2004 4:57:33 AM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: " We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: expatguy

Was he read his rights??


17 posted on 06/30/2004 4:57:52 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (* * *This space available for rent * * *)
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To: expatguy

I was thinking San Francisco. He would be hailed as a hero and elected mayor.


18 posted on 06/30/2004 4:57:59 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: AppyPappy
I hope he catches Goering Syndrome.

Yep, nothing like a poison pill to end the trial, hmm?

19 posted on 06/30/2004 4:58:54 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Please explain Goering Syndrome.


20 posted on 06/30/2004 4:59:32 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Dog

Twenty minutes or less. That's how long a rope takes, even with a measure of bad luck thrown in.


21 posted on 06/30/2004 4:59:40 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Conspiracy Guy

He was sentenced to hang, but chomped down a poison pill before the punishment was given.


22 posted on 06/30/2004 4:59:53 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Cagey

I know who he is. But what is Hermanitis?


23 posted on 06/30/2004 5:00:57 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Puppage

Oh! I remember that now but I could not remember which of Hitler's Merry Men did that.


24 posted on 06/30/2004 5:02:03 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
"Saddam needs to seek a change of venue."

LOL

25 posted on 06/30/2004 5:02:15 AM PDT by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Quite a few, actually. Himmler, who shot himself (after poisoning his 6 young children) Rommel and a few who's names escape me.


26 posted on 06/30/2004 5:03:59 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: sauropod
When was he nabbed?

I think August of last year.....want me to check for you?

27 posted on 06/30/2004 5:03:59 AM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Saddam needs to seek a change of venue.

I was thinking the same thing. I beleive his lawyers are considering the Upper West Side in Manhattan, Marin County in California, or any jurisdiction that also has an Ivy League university within its boundries.
28 posted on 06/30/2004 5:04:06 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: Dog

Please do. I totally missed it.


29 posted on 06/30/2004 5:04:41 AM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: " We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: sauropod

August 21,2003....is when he was nabbed.


30 posted on 06/30/2004 5:05:09 AM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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To: Cagey

Hmmm...shave his head, and we have DR. EVIL. (I see where Mike Meyers got his inspiration).


31 posted on 06/30/2004 5:06:17 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Lurking in Kansas
Lead poisoning - just what I was thinking. When you think of the thousands upon thousands who have mortal grievances with Saddam, the chances of him living through a trial seem slim. If an assassination is attempted, our troops will be in danger and, of course, we will be blamed.
32 posted on 06/30/2004 5:06:31 AM PDT by Quilla (God bless America, President George W. Bush, our brave troops, and Freepers everywhere.)
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To: sauropod
Chemical Ali's capture recorded here
33 posted on 06/30/2004 5:06:55 AM PDT by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: kattracks

Maybe Saddam could get lucky and have his trial moved to LA.


34 posted on 06/30/2004 5:07:41 AM PDT by Preachin' (Democrats are liars...)
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To: kattracks
"What's John Kerry's mobile number?"
35 posted on 06/30/2004 5:07:45 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (Bush '04 --- in a F'n landslide.)
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To: georgiadevildog; Dog

Thank you both.


36 posted on 06/30/2004 5:08:56 AM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: " We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: georgiadevildog

Finding an impartial jury will be heck.


37 posted on 06/30/2004 5:09:03 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: sauropod
Here you go..

Chemical Ali nabbed

38 posted on 06/30/2004 5:09:14 AM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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To: Puppage

I think Goering was the only suicide while in Allied Custody. Could be wrong though.


39 posted on 06/30/2004 5:09:58 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
"Saddam needs to seek a change of venue."

I'm sure he would be treated very favorably in France. He's probably a national hero there.

40 posted on 06/30/2004 5:10:04 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Puppage
Goering took poison after his trial and shortly before his planned execution.
Himmler took poison upon capture.
Rommel shot himself on orders from Hitler.
Goebbels poisoned his six children and then shot himself.
41 posted on 06/30/2004 5:10:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column)
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To: G L Tirebiter

Ivy League University is a good benchmark for the search.


42 posted on 06/30/2004 5:11:00 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Admin Moderator
The Admin Moderator is a big meanie.


43 posted on 06/30/2004 5:11:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
"Finding an impartial jury will be heck."

Yeah, there aren't too many people in this world who are Saddam-neutral.

44 posted on 06/30/2004 5:11:15 AM PDT by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: GBA

France is building a statue of him now!


45 posted on 06/30/2004 5:12:23 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Lazamataz

I like your party idea. The Despot Party would be a good name.


46 posted on 06/30/2004 5:13:15 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: georgiadevildog

Hardly any outside the DNC.


47 posted on 06/30/2004 5:14:23 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
I like your party idea. The Despot Party would be a good name.

Naw. Sounds too much like Home Depot.

How about the Death Camp Party?

48 posted on 06/30/2004 5:14:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Perhaps Berkley. He can get an acquittal there!


49 posted on 06/30/2004 5:14:38 AM PDT by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
while in Allied Custody

I believe you're correct. I was speaking of suicides across the board.

Pete

50 posted on 06/30/2004 5:14:59 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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