posted on Apr, 12 2003 @ 04:40 PM
I don't know if any of you have heard about this, but it seems that CNN knew about the incomprehensive horrors being commited by Hussein and his sick
"government" but failed to declare it to the world.
Eason Jordan, chief news exec at CNN, has admitted that the truth of Saddam has been kept secret for years.
Friday, April 11, 2003
CNN Exec Admits Covering Up 'Maniac' Saddam's Atrocities
Here's another fascinating item we'll dedicate to Jacques Chirac, Nancy Pelosi and the other humiliated appeasement activists: A CNN big is
admitting his network covered up the atrocities of Saddam Hussein.
Eason Jordan, chief news executive at CNN, writes in today's New York Times:
"Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi
leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard ó awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have
jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff. ...
"The secret police terrorized Iraqis working for international press services who were courageous enough to try to provide accurate reporting. Some
vanished, never to be heard from again. Others disappeared and then surfaced later with whispered tales of being hauled off and tortured in
unimaginable ways. ...
"I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed. One Foreign
Ministry officer told me of a colleague who, finding out his brother had been executed by the regime, was forced, as a test of loyalty, to write a
letter of congratulations on the act to Saddam Hussein. An aide to Uday once told me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with
pliers and told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be paid for upsetting his boss. ...
"Then there were the events that were not unreported but that nonetheless still haunt me. A 31-year-old Kuwaiti woman, Asrar Qabandi, was captured by
Iraqi secret police occupying her country in 1990 for 'crimes,' one of which included speaking with CNN on the phone. They beat her daily for two
months, forcing her father to watch. In January 1991, on the eve of the American-led offensive, they smashed her skull and tore her body apart limb by
limb. A plastic bag containing her body parts was left on the doorstep of her family's home.
"I felt awful having these stories bottled up inside me. Now that Saddam Hussein's regime is gone, I suspect we will hear many, many more
gut-wrenching tales from Iraqis about the decades of torment. At last, these stories can be told freely."
Assuming we had intentions of doing the right thing, wouldn't this information been good so as to motivate the populace for the liberation and rescue
of the Iraqi people from a demon-filled maniac?
At least to have the information so that we could decide either to go to their rescue or two turn a blind eye as is done elsewhere would have been