Inconvenient News,
       by smintheus

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

  Hussein verdict to be announced two days before U.S. election?

This Monday the chief prosecutor from the special tribunal in Iraq stated that the court may announce its verdict against Saddam Hussein on November 5. Oddly, none of the news reports in the U.S. so much as commented on the curious timing of such an announcement.

Here is the Associated Press report:

A verdict against Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants charged with crimes against humanity in connection with an anti-Shiite crackdown in the 1980s [at the town of Dujail] will be announced Nov. 5, a senior court official said Monday. Sentences for those found guilty will be issued the same day, he said....

"The Dujail trial will resume Nov. 5 when the presiding judge will announce the verdict and the sentencing," [Raed] Juhi, the investigating judge, said.

For what it is worth, Reuters attributes the most confident statements about the date to the prosecutor, while quoting the investigating judge as making a more cautious prediction:

Chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi said the Iraqi High Tribunal could announce a verdict when it reconvenes on November 5. "Right now they are checking some testimonies and details. If they finish by then, then they will definitely announce the verdict on November 5," he told Reuters.

Court spokesman Raed Juhi was more cautious on setting a date for the ruling of a case which opened a year ago and has been marred by repeated delays and interruptions. "If the court has finished reviewing testimony by November 5 there might be a verdict. The court would do whatever it finds appropriate," Juhi told Reuters.

The judge would have good reason to be cautious about speaking too confidently about that date. It falls just two days before what promises to be for Republicans the most embarrassing election since 1974. And as Tom Engelhardt remarks, the Iraqi tribunal is widely viewed as a puppet of the U.S. government. He quotes Scott Horton, chairman of the International Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association:

"This is not coincidence," [Horton] continued. "Nothing in Iraq that's set up this far in advance is coincidental. Look at Michael Gordon's book Cobra II. One of the points he drives home is how everything in the battle for Baghdad was scripted for US media consumption.

"In fact, in my experience, everything that comes out of Baghdad is very carefully prepared for American domestic consumption.

For good measure, Horton also states the obvious: that the only significant spikes in George Bush's poll ratings since March 2003 have all followed events that the Bush administration trumpeted as spectacular successes for its policies in Iraq.

"One was the date on which Saddam was captured. The second was the purple fingers election. The third was Zarqawi being killed."

November the fifth. How does that coincide with your post-war conspiracies, huh?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November...

From Unbossed


  • What we need right now is a clear message to the people of this country. This message must be read in every newspaper, heard on every radio, seen on every television. This message must resound throughout the entire interlink. I want this country to realize that we stand on the edge of oblivion. I want every man, woman, and child to understand how close we are to chaos. I want EVERYONE to remember WHY THEY NEED US.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 PM  

  • I loved 'V for Vendetta'. It's a disturbing commentary on where the Bush administration is headed, if we're willing to allow it.

    By Blogger : smintheus ::, at 4:40 PM  

  • Ok, that's exactly when the Iraqis released the Hussein verdict. It's been amusing watching Bush administration officials, and Iraqi ministers, denying vehemently that any kind of coordination was involved.

    By Blogger : smintheus ::, at 7:37 PM  

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