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Saddam Translator: ABC Re-interpreted Tapes
NewsMax ^ | 2/17/06

Posted on 02/17/2006 10:45:00 AM PST by areafiftyone

The FBI translator who supplied the 12-hours of Saddam Hussein audiotapes excerpted by ABC's "Nightline" Wednesday night now says the network discarded his translations and went with a less threatening version of the Iraqi dictator's comments.

"What you heard on ABC News was their translation," former U.N. weapons inspector Bill Tierney told ABC Radio's Sean Hannity on Thursday.

"They came up with something different on a key element regarding terrorism in the United States," Tierney insisted.

In the "Nightline" version of a 1996 recording, Saddam predicts that Washington, D.C. would be hit by terrorists. But he adds that Iraq would have nothing to do with the attack.

Tierney says, however, that what Saddam actually said was much more sinister. "He was discussing his intent to use chemical weapons against the United States and use proxies so it could not be traced back to Iraq," he told Hannity.

In a passage not used by "Nightline," Tierney says Saddam declares: "Terrorism is coming . . . . In the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. What if we consider this technique, with smuggling?"

Tierney's full translations are set for release this weekend by The Intelligence Group in Washington, D.C.


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It figures!
1 posted on 02/17/2006 10:45:01 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: Itzlzha

omg...im SHOCKED!! /sarcasm


2 posted on 02/17/2006 10:45:34 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: areafiftyone

ping


3 posted on 02/17/2006 10:47:46 AM PST by ocr1
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To: areafiftyone
Did Dan Rather start working for ABC?

What we need is the transcripts in the original language and someone who can provide a word for word translation to verify what side is correct without question.
4 posted on 02/17/2006 10:47:49 AM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: areafiftyone
The media sensationalizes and hypes the news.

Except when that could help Republicans.

5 posted on 02/17/2006 10:48:15 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: areafiftyone

so ABC makes it look like Hussein was the good guy warning the U.S. about a strike when it actually translated what they WANTED us to know, not what was actually said...

Yet another reason why the MSM is starting to lag way behind..


6 posted on 02/17/2006 10:48:39 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (Islam is a religion of peace and they'll behead 13 year old girls to prove it...)
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To: mnehrling

Agreed 1,000%. I'm sick of the Antique Media "interpreting" facts for us poor, dumb unwashed masses.


7 posted on 02/17/2006 10:49:34 AM PST by kromike
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To: areafiftyone

I knew there was a catch if ABC was involved.


8 posted on 02/17/2006 10:49:41 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: areafiftyone
Heehee.

The media's main objection against the war...that Saddam had no ties to terror...is being blown to bits.

9 posted on 02/17/2006 10:50:00 AM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: mnehrling

Well, the ABC "translation" seems similar to the ones Loftus was releasing, IIRC.

BTW, was this around the time of OKC?


10 posted on 02/17/2006 10:51:33 AM PST by Shermy
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To: areafiftyone
In a passage not used by "Nightline," Tierney says Saddam declares:
"Terrorism is coming . . . . In the future there will be terrorism with
weapons of mass destruction.
What if we consider this technique, with smuggling?"


Thanks ABC...for "burying the lead".
With SIX of our major ports about to be taken over by an entity from
the United Arab Emirates, even an reporter for a high-school
newspaper would know this is HOT stuff.

But I can understand the MSM/ABC missing this.
They are in grief over the fact that Cheney didn't kill a man.
11 posted on 02/17/2006 10:51:58 AM PST by VOA
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To: areafiftyone

Now lets get back to what is really important.

Is it true that Cheney was using depleted uranium pellets in a shotgun given to him by Jack Abramoff?


12 posted on 02/17/2006 10:52:08 AM PST by phugg
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To: areafiftyone

ABC News apparently didn't learn anything from their phony story against Food Lion and the "tainted meats" from years ago. I hope this hits the fan...


13 posted on 02/17/2006 10:52:45 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: areafiftyone

"Fake but accurate"


14 posted on 02/17/2006 10:52:56 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: areafiftyone

ABC; supporting and covering for terrorists around the globe.


15 posted on 02/17/2006 10:52:57 AM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: areafiftyone

Surpise! Surpise! Surpise!
16 posted on 02/17/2006 10:53:05 AM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: areafiftyone
Did ABC get their translation from Kinkos?
17 posted on 02/17/2006 10:53:38 AM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

What did we expect. These are the same people who cherry-picked the Kay, Duelfer, 9/11 and Senate Intel Reports. These people have intentionally ignored and suppressed the most damning information that would support the war, while dangerously misinforming America on what the truth is.


18 posted on 02/17/2006 10:53:44 AM PST by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses)
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To: TommyDale
I hope this hits the fan...}

Sorry to say but I doubt it. This story only appeared in NewsMax and CNS which is hardly mainstream. The American public will never know unless the media picks this up.

19 posted on 02/17/2006 10:54:30 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone

I wondered by Tierney would TRUST ABC...

I know he was with Fox before the war...and I have seen a few reports by him on Fox since.


20 posted on 02/17/2006 10:55:01 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: areafiftyone
"He was discussing his intent to use chemical weapons against the United States and use proxies so it could not be traced back to Iraq,"

I thought that was obvious -- even with the ABC mis-translation.

21 posted on 02/17/2006 10:55:46 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: cwb

The Elite Revolutionary Guard is ready to stage a counter offensive.
22 posted on 02/17/2006 10:55:46 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: Allan; Mitchell; marron

Don't know what to make of this Tierney guy, but undisputed on the tapes is talk of moving WMD related objects to another country. What country? Why isn't there interest in that?


23 posted on 02/17/2006 10:55:50 AM PST by Shermy
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To: phugg

"pellets"...No..it was a slug, and the fellow on TV,talking, is a imposter replacement for the one Cheney killed....;^)


24 posted on 02/17/2006 10:56:02 AM PST by litehaus
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To: areafiftyone

Well the tapes are going to be available to everyone soon so anyone can translate them. Pretty stupid of ABC.


25 posted on 02/17/2006 10:56:10 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: cwb

To quote ABC: "More Americans get their news from ABC than any other source..."


I suspect that bragging right came from ABC Radio news combined with tv figures.


26 posted on 02/17/2006 10:56:44 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: areafiftyone

Sean Hannity had the FBI translator on his radion program yesterday backing this story up. Very troubling.


27 posted on 02/17/2006 10:57:33 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: areafiftyone

"Fake but accurate."


28 posted on 02/17/2006 10:58:12 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: areafiftyone

Saddam - "What if we consider this technique, with smuggling?"

Any more news on the huge Tiujana tunnel recently discovered? Earlier I had heard/read rumors that it was feared nukes/dirty bombs were smuggled through it.


Nothing substantiated though....


29 posted on 02/17/2006 10:59:40 AM PST by 1curiousmind
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To: kromike

The new translation was done by Bill Burkett.


30 posted on 02/17/2006 10:59:47 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: areafiftyone
Wonder if Michelle Malkin has read this yet? This ought to be covered by every Conservative blog site and bring national attention to the treason of the MSM.
31 posted on 02/17/2006 11:01:03 AM PST by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: areafiftyone

Wonder who in the authority line kept this info tucked under? Heard the man in person the night after it was first aired on Nightline et al. He sounded upright to me and was exceedingly careful not to stretch beyond the words used while interpreting the mien of the voice, intent and phraseology in accordance with normal usage of the language.

He translated into english using the Saddam/Iraqi type inflections that he heard that give added comprehension to what was quoted.

The bare words, "I could kill you" can mean something very different if said with a "smile" in the voice as opposed to being voiced with anger or with "meaningful lingering pauses", varied emphasis or "cunning speculation" in the voice.

I'd trust his interpretation before I would trust ABC's or that of the Baath loyalists. He has taken a risk to do this and that first night he seemed genuinely perplexed as to why someone sat on this thing when he felt it could bring clarity to a lot of the media madness.


32 posted on 02/17/2006 11:01:48 AM PST by Spirited
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To: areafiftyone

I listened to this on Hannity yesterday. Bill Tierney has a very good story to tell, but jack*ss Hannity wouldn't let him because they were interfering with Sean's commerical breaks, Sean's need to hear himself speak, and "man on the street" interviews. I was so mad I changed the station.


33 posted on 02/17/2006 11:01:55 AM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: phugg
Is it true that Cheney was using depleted uranium pellets in a shotgun given to him by Jack Abramoff?

And, like Larry O'Donnell, you aren't making any accusations, just asking the question.

34 posted on 02/17/2006 11:02:13 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: areafiftyone

Boy, the MSM still hasn't figured out that they can't bury stuff this way anymore. They keep trying their old tricks but the new media is now there to call them out every time. I think this and Ronald Reagan are the most significant developements on behalf of conservatism in my lifetime. 10 to 15 years ago Nightline would have gotten away with this and the tapes would have been swept under the rug. Same with the fake CBS document regarding Bush's Nat. Guard service. I sure am glad I'm here to see it. I sure wish my Dad (a good conservative and wonderful person) was here to see it because he would have been quite happy.


35 posted on 02/17/2006 11:02:41 AM PST by joebuck
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To: areafiftyone

I was a tad busy, so I didn't catch the quote, but I think Tierney was claiming that at one point on the tapes, Saddam and friends were planning on possibly placing blame for a bio attack on Fort Detrich...


36 posted on 02/17/2006 11:02:57 AM PST by LRS
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To: areafiftyone

Did anyone, seriously, expect anything less from ABC? Is there any thinking person out there who really believes there were no WMDs? Shows like Nightline, 20/20, 60 Minutes, etc., have been proven time after time to be snow jobs or shoddy reporting at best. In reality, they are hit pieces intended to sway public opinion to the left and have nothing to to with "investigative reporting".


37 posted on 02/17/2006 11:03:20 AM PST by caisson71
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To: BenLurkin

Did ABC report that "while there was discussion of sponsorship for terorrist acts, Saddam had left the room for those portions of the discussion citing a bathroom break from drinking too much iced tea"?


38 posted on 02/17/2006 11:03:40 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: weegee

"To quote ABC: "More Americans get their news from ABC than any other source..."


How about... "More terrorists conceal the news through ABC News than any other source."

oh wait...I think Al Jazeera has that one copyrighted.


39 posted on 02/17/2006 11:03:59 AM PST by 1curiousmind
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To: areafiftyone

bump


40 posted on 02/17/2006 11:04:10 AM PST by Some hope remaining.
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To: Shermy

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=20154


41 posted on 02/17/2006 11:04:34 AM PST by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: areafiftyone

Holy crap! You know, I'm so damned tired of the MSM. They serve absolutely no useful purpose anymore. None.


42 posted on 02/17/2006 11:05:50 AM PST by Peach
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To: Shermy

Even Saddam's generals were expecting to use WMD on the invading army; the fact that he didn't have any took all of them by surprise.

Several UN inspectors have said that they went to Syria; we've all seen reports that Russia helped to organize the evacuation of these materials to Syria, and we've seen reports of the convoys crossing the border during the run-up to the war.

I'm not surprised that Bush's enemies don't want to talk about this. What mystifies me is why Bush doesn't talk about it. The two possible reasons are that, first, it would set us on a collision course with Syria, and he isn't ready yet...

Or two, that this was the most successful operation of the war. Saddam was convinced to voluntarily ship his weapons out of the country, and he was convinced by Putin to do it. It doesn't matter that Syria has them, because Syria already has tons of their own. What matters is that Saddam was denied their use at the moment he most needed them, and he was denied their use by his own decision, thanks to a game run against him by Putin and his "ally" in Syria, who sold him out, or maybe was an unwitting enabler.

Which might explain why Bush can't take credit for his greatest coup of the war, and also why, in his eyes, Putin can do no wrong.


43 posted on 02/17/2006 11:06:05 AM PST by marron
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To: areafiftyone

And you can be sure Isikoff won't cover the more sinister tranlation either. Stinking quisling.


44 posted on 02/17/2006 11:06:27 AM PST by pissant
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To: areafiftyone
Looks like ABC git disinformation out there first to make it look like what comes next would be false.

Wonder if they are working for the terrorists?
45 posted on 02/17/2006 11:06:53 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: areafiftyone
Looks like ABC git disinformation out there first to make it look like what comes next would be false.

Wonder if they are working for the terrorists?
46 posted on 02/17/2006 11:06:53 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: areafiftyone
This makes me absolutely furious! If true, this goes way beyond liberal bias. This is conspiracy to commit fraud.
47 posted on 02/17/2006 11:08:50 AM PST by Unmarked Package
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To: areafiftyone


More Media Bias ..... OR TREASON


48 posted on 02/17/2006 11:08:56 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: areafiftyone

ABC is apparently Saddam's defense counsel.

Disgusting.


49 posted on 02/17/2006 11:10:55 AM PST by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam)
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To: Unmarked Package

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD

Remember with CBS RatherGate even the actual documents were frauds.


50 posted on 02/17/2006 11:11:21 AM PST by IrishMike
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