Monday, December 05, 2005

Saddam killed people with a meat grinder...

What else can you say about this...

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Men and women were tortured for days and babies left to die in an interrogation facility which featured a meat grinder for human flesh, the first prosecution witness to face Saddam Hussein told the court on Monday.

After weeks of delay and legal arguments over security and the legitimacy of the court, the trial of Saddam and seven co- defendants on charges of crimes against humanity heard confusing but graphic witness evidence of torture and summary execution.

"I swear by God I walked by a room and on my left I saw a grinder with blood coming out of it and human hair underneath," said 38-year-old Ahmed Hassan, who said he had been kept in room 63 at the Hakmiya intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

Hassan, the first witness to face Saddam in court, said he was 15 when Saddam visited the village in July 1982 and Shi'ite militants tried to assassinate him.

I'm actually going to watch the news tonight to see if this is even mentioned. And if we need to pay Iraqi papers to publish this story then we ought to. Reminders of the past to help prevent repeating past mistakes.

UPDATE: At least he's come to terms with the fact that he's going to die...

Saddam Hussein told the judge at his trial Monday that "I am not afraid of execution"