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TIME: Notes from Saddam in Custody


— December 14, 2003

Saddam Hussein was captured on Sunday without a fight. But since then, according to a U.S. intelligence official in Iraq, the fallen dictator has been defiant. �He�s not been very cooperative,� said the official, who read the transcript of the initial interrogation report taken during the first questioning session.

After his capture, Saddam was taken to a holding cell at the Baghdad Airport. He didn�t answer any of the initial questions directly, the official said, and at times seemed less than fully coherent. The transcript was full of �Saddam rhetoric type stuff,� said the official who paraphrased Saddam�s answers to some of the questions. When asked �How are you?� said the official, Saddam responded, �I am sad because my people are in bondage.� When offered a glass of water by his interrogators, Saddam replied, �If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?�

The interrogators also asked Saddam if he knew about the location of Captain Scott Speicher, a U.S. pilot who went missing during the first Gulf War. �No,� replied the former Iraqi president, �we have never kept any prisoners. I have never known what happened.�

Saddam was also asked whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. �No, of course not,� he replied, according to the official, �the U.S. dreamed them up itself to have a reason to go to war with us.� The interrogator continued along this line, said the official, asking: �if you had no weapons of mass destruction then why not let the U.N. inspectors into your facilities?� Saddam�s reply: �We didn�t want them to go into the presidential areas and intrude on our privacy.�

The official is doubtful that the U.S. will get a significant amount of intelligence from Saddam�s interrogations. �I would be surprised if he gave any info,� he said.

Details here from Time.com.


Saddam Hussein was captured on Sunday without a fight. But since then, according to a U.S. intelligence official in Iraq, the fallen dictator has been defiant. �He�s not been very cooperative,� said the official, who read the transcript of the initial interrogation report taken during the first questioning session.

After his capture, Saddam was taken to a holding cell at the Baghdad Airport. He didn�t answer any of the initial questions directly, the official said, and at times seemed less than fully coherent. The transcript was full of �Saddam rhetoric type stuff,� said the official who paraphrased Saddam�s answers to some of the questions. When asked �How are you?� said the official, Saddam responded, �I am sad because my people are in bondage.� When offered a glass of water by his interrogators, Saddam replied, �If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?�

The interrogators also asked Saddam if he knew about the location of Captain Scott Speicher, a U.S. pilot who went missing during the first Gulf War. �No,� replied the former Iraqi president, �we have never kept any prisoners. I have never known what happened.�

Saddam was also asked whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. �No, of course not,� he replied, according to the official, �the U.S. dreamed them up itself to have a reason to go to war with us.� The interrogator continued along this line, said the official, asking: �if you had no weapons of mass destruction then why not let the U.N. inspectors into your facilities?� Saddam�s reply: �We didn�t want them to go into the presidential areas and intrude on our privacy.�

The official is doubtful that the U.S. will get a significant amount of intelligence from Saddam�s interrogations. �I would be surprised if he gave any info,� he said.

Details here from Time.com.

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