posted on Feb, 12 2004 @ 12:28 PM
BAGHDAD—Officials overseeing Saddam Hussein told reporters Monday that the detained former Iraqi leader rules over his cell "with an iron fist."
Above: Hussein waves to his legions of loyal mice. "Saddam is a very powerful man with a larger-than-life presence, and when he's in that cell,
there's no mistaking who's in charge," said a special- forces officer who commands the watch of Hussein at an undisclosed location in Iraq. "We
gave Saddam a small bag of nuts. While he was asleep, the rats got into the nuts and ate some of them.
In retaliation, Saddam caught one of the rats' young, tortured it, and left it strapped to the wall with dental floss for days. Then, after it was
dead, he stuffed its severed head with nuts and paraded it around the cell to warn the other rats."
"But Saddam will also be kind to the vermin and occasionally toss them an almond to fight over," the officer said. "In this way, he teaches the
rats both to love and to fear him." According to a CIA official, the dictator "personally monitors" every inch of his 12'x11' cell. "Nothing
escapes Saddam's notice," the official said. "He's assembled a secret lice force to collect information and watch over the cell while he sleeps.
At first, it seemed harmless, but the lice grew in number every day. Where once there were a couple, now there are thousands hiding in the folds of
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