Hmmm - there is nothing on the defecting bodyguard on Australia's main quality news service - they must have heard it - checking sources?
From a Swiss News Source, oblique reference to "The Bodyguard":
(An older article re-published today in their "Background" section)
Saddam's Son Uday: The Crown Prince
Revelations of a Defected Private Secretary
According to a defector, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's son Uday is being groomed for a major role in the government. Uday's former private secretary reports on his empire of youth and sports associations, newspapers and TV stations, as well as operations for smuggling oil and cigarettes and for the currency black market.
"The top man on the ladder of power, after Saddam Hussein, is his son Uday," says the latter's former confidant and one-time cabinet chairman. "Then comes Kusay, the other son, and finally Abed Hamid Mahmoud, the husband of Saddam's sister, who is his oldest bodyguard and also his personal pilot."
The chief bodyguard's name matches.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Well, Focus doesn't have this news online, so I have to wait to read it tomorrow.
Actually this news here
US punishes Ukraine over Iraq claim
is confirmed, although nearly two days old.
Actually, this has been a news yesterday.
It was published by several (conservative) German papers and tv-news and is the main story in the Sunday (conservative) tabloid "Bild am Sonntag".
BND says that UN as well as the USA have been informed months ago.
Skeptical reminder...do we recall the revelation that Iraqui forces were entering Kuwaiti hospitals and pulling the plugs on all the incubators? Authorship for this little tidbit of emotion-stoking fiction later proudly acknowledged by the royal family in Kuwait.
The last article on the online edition of 'The Jerusalem Post' [Daily Edition]by Elli Wohlgelernter is of Jan 30, 2003, on page 1 offline edition, titled : Shransky steps down as MK
The article you copied above, is completely identical to the one in Herald Sun (Sunday edition).
BTW: the online edition of the Jerusalem Post has nothing to this up to now.
Actually, I think, those tapes by the NSA could be more relevant.
"Other officials cautioned, however, against viewing the intercepts as the long-sought "smoking gun" in the search for Iraq's purported stockpile of banned weapons. There may still be some ambiguity about what the Iraqis are referring to in some of the conversations. Some of the material being concealed may be precursors to building weapons, or even documents and computer disks as opposed to actual chemical or biological weapons themselves. The transcripts "show that there's been a pattern of deception," said another official, who had been briefed on the evidence. "But does that make the case that you have to go to war?" "
Caught on Tape
Nice link, thank you.
The problem of 'interpretation' of photos and audio tapes is not small. One afternoon on campus a bit more than a decade ago, an eager and fresh-faced young christian way-laid me outside a lecture hall and suggested I really ought to come inside for a presentation that would reveal the true nature of heavy metal music. As I am ever on the look out for 'true natures' yet have proved disappointingly inept at spotting them myself, I accepted, went in and sat down for the show.
It was a touring show, vaudeville style...a stop at campus X, then back into the (likely clean) bus and off to campus Y, voices lifted in songs of armagaeddon-joy. The lights went off, a screen dropped down, the film projector hummed, and the audio came on at appropriate rock decibel level but, of course, playing song bits backwards...."ummma glubbpat sheeeeee SATAN biscotoots". We, the raptly attentive audience were aided in our focus by a series of slides with helpful sentences like that quote above (on swirly psychedelic backgrounds) to ensure we didn't miss the 'SATAN' bit. To make sure we got it, they played it over and over. Pretty soon, Satan (on first listening, only 'isssaintnaaaa' or something like that, was clearly popping up all over the place and ... how the hell had I missed this before? What with playing records backwards the way I do all the time.
One more link regarding Iraqi bodyguard that deserted (his name, however, differs from this appearing in the Timberlandko's source):The Iraqi Republican Guard is a myth
steissd, I came across the two debkafile articles too, and while debkafile can hardly be called impartial, they do turn up decent info once in a while. The reading I get from their pieces is that they are discussing a different individual than that referred to in the article I originally linked to. As for the debkafile bodyguard's assertion "The Republican Guard is a myth" ... well, I think Iraqi Military Capability in general is a myth, one about to be very effectively and conclusively dispelled.
Still, neither "Bodyguard Story" seems to be getting much credence or further notice. The German BND item, however, is getting ever-wider play. Monday's news will be focussed yet on The Columbia Tragedy, and Powell's Wednesday presentation is likely the first real "hard news" we're going to get.
We shall see.
"The German BND item", timber, had been published by "Der Spiegel" in late November - without getting any further comment.
Now, when some German conservative backbenchers are trying to get in the headlines, 'Focus' (rival newspaper to 'Der Spiegel') was looking for a headline ... ...
All these pieces are complementary one to another, and they help us to understand the complicated pattern of the country that will soon undergo serious changes (I mean, Iraq).
Thanks for pointing that out, Walter. A little further digging has gotten me there too. I am perplexed. It does appear we will have to wait for Powell's presentation, and the reaction to it.
We shall see.