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December 29, 2006

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Iraqi's Line Up To Be Saddam's Executioner

Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose

BAGHDAD, IRAQ— One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein. The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying the prime minister’s office for the position.

“One of the hardest tasks will be to determine who gets to be the hangman because so many people want revenge for the loss of their loved ones,” said Basam Ridha, an adviser to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

Mr. Hussein and two of his top associates, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad al-Bandar, were sentenced to “death by hanging” on Nov. 5 for their involvement in the arrest and killings of 148 men and boys after an assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail in 1982. The nine-judge appeals bench has no time limit to issue its ruling, but if it upholds the death sentence, Mr. Hussein’s execution must be carried out within 30 days.

Iraqi judicial officials said they expected that the appeals process would be completed in a matter of weeks and, if the sentence is upheld, that Mr. Hussein’s hanging would take place between mid-January and mid-March.

The Shiite-led government has argued for a swift execution, saying that as long as Mr. Hussein is alive, he remains a powerful source of motivation for elements of the Sunni Arab insurgency fighting to restore him to power.

There are other critical issues the government will need to decide should the appeals court uphold the death sentence against Mr. Hussein, including where he will be executed.

Officials have considered staging a public hanging in Baghdad’s largest sports arena, Shaab Stadium, and filling the place with tens of thousands of spectators, according to a high-ranking government official involved in the executions process, who agreed to discuss the subject on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about it on the record.

But while such a spectacle might satisfy a communal need for closure, the authorities have rejected the idea for security reasons. A target that big, they say, would be highly vulnerable to attack by Sunni insurgents who might try to lob a few mortar shells into the crowd or ambush spectators on their way to and from the event.

Government hangings are now conducted in a prison complex in eastern Baghdad. Mr. Hussein, who is being held at Camp Cropper, an American military prison near Baghdad International Airport, could be transported to those gallows by helicopter. But officials worry that the trip would present an unnecessary opportunity for a rescue attempt by his sympathizers.

Most likely, officials say, Mr. Hussein will be hanged at gallows specially built for him at Camp Cropper.

The death penalty in Iraq, which applies to a range of crimes including terrorism and certain categories of murder, was suspended in 2003 by the American occupation authorities but reinstated in August 2004. Since then, 51 people — men and several women — have been hanged and about 170 are currently on death row awaiting execution or the outcome of their appeal, according to Hashim al-Shibli, Iraq’s justice minister.

Those are the official numbers. The high-ranking government official involved in the executions process said the actual number of hangings was far higher, though fewer than 100, because of three sets of hangings that took place between December 2005 and March 2006 and were never publicized.

..................The Butcher Of Baghdad

Human rights groups have questioned the transparency of the criminal justice system in Iraq and the ability of defendants to get a fair trial. And the United Nations has requested that the Iraqi government commute the sentences of all the prisoners on Iraq’s death row. But Iraqi leaders have rebuffed calls for the abolishment of the death penalty, arguing that it serves as a deterrent to crimes.

“Maliki wants to show decisiveness that people should be punished,” said Mr. Ridha, Mr. Maliki’s adviser. “He is very anxious that these executions take place in a timely manner.” He added, “The number of executions that have taken place is not a great number compared to the number of insurgents in the country.”

Story Here

Saddam's Time Running Out

Saddam Dead By Sunday?



Saddam's Execution Imminent

Pentagon: U.S. Forces Ready for Violence

Flashback: Saddam Hussein's Atrocities

Timeline: Lifetime of Murder

Where were the "Human Right's Group's" when Saddam was committing GENOCIDE!!? Time to get rid of the Pain in the ass of the Middle East, The Butcher of Baghdad, Let Him Swing!!

There is suppose to be some Video from all this, if I can get a code I will post one.

I sure never thought this morning with this post that I would be posting Saddam's excecution tonight! What an up and down day. Finally!


Blogger L_B said...

I say they hang him on Tuesday after everyone sobers up from New Years. I wonder how much for the video feed? Do they take Mastercard I wonder.

December 29, 2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


LOL, I bet some Muslim channel will pick it up, then Youtube, and everyone will get to see this for Free!

You dont have to bust out your Mastercard at all!

December 29, 2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Any final words, Saddam?

Long Live the (doors opening)Iraq-aaa-aack-ack-ack-gag-gag-gag-ahhhh!

Goo-oo-ood Night!


December 29, 2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Roasting in hell, I imagine, now.

December 29, 2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Have you ever seen that movie "Independence Day"? Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith were sitting in the alien craft and thought they were stuck and going to die and were ready to fire off the Nuke into the Mothership of the Aliens, and Jeff Goldblum looks at the Alien and wave's and say's "Go-od-ni-ght"!!!

When I read what you posted, it reminded me of that lol.

December 29, 2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Twirling on a spit, "Roasting" lol

Man did he get off easy opposed to his victims!!

December 29, 2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger A.C. McCloud said...

Interesting in looking back at this story how much disinformation it contained--and for good reason (something the liberals don't understand).

It worked.

January 02, 2007 7:27 PM  

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