Was Saddam Hussein’s Body Stabbed On The Day Of His Death?

Sources claim that Talal Misrab – the head guard at Saddam Hussein’s tomb who helped in the burial – stated that Hussein’s body had stab wounds after he was executed.

Wikipedia states that the (late) head of Saddam’s tribe (the Albu Nasir tribe) and governor of Salaheddin, Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, denied this claim. According to The Independent, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s security advisor, stated, “I oversaw the whole process from A-Z and Saddam Hussein’s body was not stabbed or mutilated, and he was not humiliated before execution.”

Saddam’s body was buried in his birthplace of Al-Awja in Tikrit, Iraq, near family members, including his two sons Uday and Qusay Hussein, on December 31st, 2006 at 04:00 local time (01:00 GMT).  His body was transported to Tikrit by a U.S. military helicopter.

“He was buried about three kilometers (two miles) from his two sons in the same cemetery,” states The Independent (Irish edition).

The Independent (Irish edition) also writes that the head guard at Hussein’s tomb – Misrab – said that the body had six stab wounds.  Much of the information on the story comes from The London Times.

Mr. Misrab said that four of the wounds were in the late President’s front and two in his back. The guard alleged that 300 other people witnessed the injuries when the body was buried in the early hours of the morning, the day after Hussein was hanged.

The Independent also confirms that Saddam’s body was handed over from Iraqi Government possession to Sheikh Ali al-Nida, to be buried.

Saddam’s eldest daughter Raghad Hussein, under asylum in Jordan, had asked that “his body be buried in Yemen temporarily until Iraq is liberated and it can be reburied in Iraq”, said a family spokesperson to one of the sources. 

The family also said his body might be buried in Ramadi, citing safety concerns, though there are no plans to do this.

The Iraqi government also denies that any mutilation took place after the dictator was hanged on December 30, 2006, for crimes against humanity.

Another tribesman said that he had been told by Sheikh Ali al-Neda (the former head of Hussein’s tribe) that the body had stab wounds.

Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, the leader of Hussein’s tribe, also dismissed the suggestion that anyone had interfered with the body.

The circumstances of Hussein’s death are not in dispute, however.  His execution caused international outrage after leaked video footage showed that he was taunted by guards who chanted Shia Muslim slogans as the noose was placed around his neck, writes The Independent.

There was another amateur video that purports to show Saddam Hussein in an autopsy room on a gurney after his death.

An autopsy photo on the internet shows a gaping wound on the outer neck of Saddam.  It can be seen below:

Saddam Hussein hanged, December 2006

The home-made video supposedly taken at Hussein’s autopsy is also on the internet and can be seen at the link below:

https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/saddam-autopsy-footage/

Sources:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/11/01/Guard-says-Saddam-Husseins-body-stabbed/UPI-19981225553550/

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/saddams-body-stabbed-six-times-after-execution-26488924.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_Saddam_Hussein

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/multimedia/slideshows/2007/09/Phone-News.html

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Stephen Colbert To Give $800,000 To South Carolina Schools

According to The Associated Press, Stephen Colbert surprised teachers in his native South Carolina recently by announcing that he would fund every single classroom project listed by teachers from the state on the crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.

It is a gift valued in excess of $800,000.

According to avclub.com, funds for the donation will come from the sale of The Colbert Report’s desk and fireplace, which were raffled off online late last year. Matching funds will come from ScanSource and The Morgridge Family Foundation’s Share Fair Nation.

Colbert, who is a member of the DonorsChoose.org board, made the announcement on a live video feed to the students of Alexander Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina on May 7th.

http://www.avclub.com/article/stephen-colbert-offers-fund-800000-worth-projects–219105

Is Bill O’Reilly ‘Bending A Little?’

Bill O’Reilly played “Devil’s advocate” recently and said that based on the recent DOJ report on Ferguson police, they were very specifically “targeting blacks,” according to MediaITE.

St. Louis radio talk show host McGraw Milhaven disputed some of the statistics, but O’Reilly didn’t buy into it.

O’Reilly said, “You don’t have to give a ticket to somebody who’s not crossing the street properly. They’re targeting it. They’re doing it for money, they want the money, and it’s an easy play.”

When Milhaven said “they’re targeting blacks and whites,” that set off O’Reilly again.  O’Reilly said they were clearly targeting blacks and it’s flat-out wrong.

More on The U.S. Attorney General’s report:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/04/us-usa-ferguson-justice-idUSKBN0LZ2CT20150304

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Strange: New Republican Chair Of Senate Intelligence Committee Wants Torture Report Returned

In a bizarre attempt to rewrite history, the new chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, wrote to President Obama with an odd request: He wants the Dianne Feinstein Senate Intelligence Committee torture report back.

“Mr. Burr sent a letter last week to the White House saying that his Democratic predecessor, Senator Dianne Feinstein, should never have transmitted the entire 6,700-page report to numerous departments and agencies within the executive branch — and requested that all copies of the report be ‘returned immediately,’ according to people who have seen the letter.

“The Intelligence Committee publicly released only the report’s executive summary. But Congress has since changed hands, and the committee is now controlled by Republican lawmakers like Mr. Burr who have long opposed the committee’s detention investigation, which they said was a partisan effort to discredit the C.I.A. and the Bush administration.

It is a bizarre episode in which the right-wing senator is attempting to rewrite history by asking for the torture reports back to supposedly “bury” them.

New York Times:

“Mr. Burr’s unusual letter to Mr. Obama might have been written with an eye toward future Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.

“Congress is not subject to such requests, and any success he has in getting the Obama administration to return all copies of the Senate report to the Intelligence Committee could hinder attempts to someday have the report declassified and released publicly.

The Times stated, “A spokeswoman for Mr. Burr did not return a request seeking comment on the letter. A White House spokesman declined to comment on how the Obama administration planned to respond.”

According to the New York Times, the director of the Federation of American Scientists project on government secrecy, Steven Aftergood, said he could recall no analogous case of the Senate’s trying to get the executive branch to return a document.

O’Reilly Downplays The Impact Of Increasing The Minimum Wage

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly downplayed the impact of raising the minimum wage on his show recently, claiming only an “infinitesimal” number of people would be impacted.  He ignored the 27.8 million Americans that would benefit from a raise in the minimum wage.

During the January 20 State of the Union address, President Obama urged members of Congress to raise the minimum wage, saying those “to who still refuse to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it.”

On the January 21 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly and network contributor Eric Shawn tried to undermine President Obama’s minimum wage initiative, and diminished the number of Americans that would be impacted by raising the minimum wage.

O’Reilly asserted that only “a very low number” of people make  “minimum wage anyways,” claiming that the number of people who would be impacted by the change would be “infinitesimal” and saying Obama has been “misleading everybody” by insisting a raise would have a big effect:

However, according to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 would “raise the wages of 27.8 million workers.”

According to a Congressional Budget Office report, the “ripple effect” of raising the minimum wage would benefit 16.5 million workers, and would lift nearly one million people out of poverty.

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War Crimes Case Filed in Germany Against Architects Of Torture Program


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A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor.

Washington Post Seems To Endorse Torture

On January 5th, the Washington Post published an article titled “Democrats Lose The Torture Debate,” which was written by Marc A. Thiessen.

Thiessen writes, “As we begin 2015, we can take solace that the ‘torture’ debate is finally behind us. But before we close the book on six sordid years of Democratic demagoguery and investigations, let the record show that the opponents of the CIA interrogation program were completely and utterly defeated.

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, launched a six-year, 6,000-page, $40 million investigation into the CIA interrogation program, with the goal of convincing Americans that a) the program did not work and that b) enhanced interrogations were wrong and should never again be permitted.

Thiessen then claims: “She failed on all counts.”

The Post then justifies it’s stance on torture with its own internal poll.

He states that the poll shows that “The vast majority agree with the CIA that these techniques were necessary and justified. A majority think that Feinstein should never have released her report. And — most importantly — 76 percent said they would do it again to protect the country.”

Thiessen explains that Americans were asked, “Looking ahead, do you feel that torture of suspected terrorists can often be justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified?”

He then claims that the word “torture” is a “loaded word” and therefore claims that such techniques as waterboarding, “rectal feeding,” and “rectal rehydration” do not constitute torture. Thiessen would likely prefer the CIA-sanctioned term “EIT,” or “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.”

According to the WaPo poll, 17 percent replied they would support using the techniques “often,” 40 percent “sometimes” and 19 percent “rarely.” Only 20 percent said the techniques should “never” be justified.