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More photo controversy: Saddam in his undies.

 
 
Brand X
 
Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 06:58 am
The Sun newspaper's front page image showed the former Iraqi president in a pair of white underpants.

Other pictures showed Saddam Hussein washing his socks in a bowl, shuffling around and sleeping on his bed.

The US said the photos appeared to breach Geneva Convention rules on the humane treatment of prisoners of war.

"Multinational Forces-Iraq is disappointed at the possibility that someone responsible for the security, welfare, and detention of Saddam would take and provide these photos for public release," a statement from the US-led force said.

"This lapse is being aggressively investigated to determine, if possible, who took the photos, and to ensure existing procedures and directives are complied with to prevent this from happening again."

'Compelling image'

The Sun refused to say how it got hold of the pictures, or when they were taken, insisting it needed to protect its sources.

It defended its decision to publish them.

It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth
US military source, quoted by the Sun

"We thought long and hard about publishing, and took the decision that they're such incredible pictures of the world's most brutal dictator... they were a compelling image that any newspaper or broadcaster would publish," the paper's managing editor, Graham Dudman, told the BBC News website.

The Sun cited US military sources saying they handed over the pictures showing Saddam as "an ageing and humble old man" in the hope of dealing a blow to the resistance in Iraq.

"It's important that the people of Iraq see him like that to destroy the myth," the paper said the source said.

Saddam Hussein is awaiting trial on numerous charges in Iraq, including murdering rivals, gassing Iraqi Kurds and using violence to suppress uprisings.

US soldier taking Saddam Hussein from his hiding place in ad-Dawr, 13 December, 2003
Saddam had a beard when he was caught near his hometown of Tikrit

It is not clear when he will go on trial.

The official US military statement said the pictures might be a year old.

They show Saddam with a moustache, rather than the beard he sported when he was captured in December 2003, and again when he appeared in court last July.

The Sun said the former Iraqi leader, 68, was allowed black hair dye to disguise his grey hair.

The paper said Saddam Hussein is kept in a 12ft by 9ft (4m x 3m) cell "somewhere near Baghdad", that he has a desk and a pink plastic chair "which he tends to use as a bedside table".

He is watched round the clock through CCTV cameras, even when he goes to the toilet, the paper said.

The source added that Saddam was one of the best behaved prisoners they had had, it said.



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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 07:05 am
tempest in a teapot.
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rodeman
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 07:36 am
blueveinedthrobber wrote:
tempest in a teapot.


BVT:
I tend to agree, but if an American GI did take the pictures??? Is there a pile of sh_t they haven't stepped in yet?? All volunteer force my ass.
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woiyo
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 07:43 am
So of couse the British Tabliod just had to publish these pictures.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 07:50 am
tabloids are tabloids, no matter where ya go.

Ther's no fodder for anything here. Saddams whitey tighties look like they just came new out of the package, he's clean and looks healthy. It's just a picture of a guy in his underwear. So what?

He does looks like he's sporting a decently sized package there. Maybe that was the point of the caption and everyone missed it. Just childish sexual innuendo.

But coming on the heels of the Newsweek mess, the Rove machine will jump on anything to show how we are so saturated with concern for the rights of prisoners and the Muslim world, even though Saddam is secular.

Just have a seat and watch the Circus. Grab me some peanuts and a beer if you will please.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:04 am
Holding up a prisoner of war to insult or public curiosity is contrary to the Geneva Convention (III) regarding the treatment of prisoners of war:
    ...prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.
Art. 13, Geneva Convention (III) 1949. If a member of the US military took these photos and passed them on to the Sun, that person should be subject to court martial.
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squinney
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:08 am
Geneva what?

Oh, that.

That is SOOO last year, Joe.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:13 am
U.S. protests tabloid's Saddam photos

Another soure HERE

The military seems to be taking this seriously.
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squinney
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:14 am
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1620557,00.html

Saddam to sue newspaper over leaked jail pictures
By Michael Theodoulou and Philippe Naughton, Times Online





Lawyers for Saddam Hussein said today that they have started legal action against The Sun after the newspaper published a front-page picture of the deposed dictator wandering around an Iraqi jail in his underpants.



Ziyad Khasawneh, who heads Saddam's 20-strong defence team based in Jordan, told The Times that he would also be starting legal action against US forces in Iraq and Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, for allowing Saddam to be photographed in jail in breach of international law.

The photographs appeared in both The Sun and the New York Post, which are owned by the News Corporation, parent company of The Times.

Headlined "Tyrant's In His Pants" and "Butcher of Sagdad", the photographs showed the 68-year-old deposed dictator in his Y-fronts, sleeping in his cell and washing his own clothes....

More at the link above.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:17 am
squinney wrote:
Geneva what?

Oh, that.

That is SOOO last year, Joe.

I know. After Abu Ghraib, talk of the Geneva Convention sounds so hopelessly quaint. Sort of like arguing the relative merits of various buggy whips.
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:17 am
The Sun is one of Murdoch's dirty rags.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Sun 22 May, 2005 05:52 pm
This Saturday's headline.......



http://k.domaindlx.com/itsmeagain2/sun.jpg
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