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CNN explains silence about Iraqi thuggery

by henrycopeland
Friday, April 11th, 2003

CNN’s chief news exec for Iraq explains that there were lots of things CNN didn’t dare report, less their Iraqi staff be tortured or killed. “I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed. One Foreign Ministry officer told me of a colleague who, finding out his brother had been executed by the regime, was forced, as a test of loyalty, to write a letter of congratulations on the act to Saddam Hussein. An aide to Uday once told me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with pliers and told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be paid for upsetting his boss. Again, we could not broadcast anything these men said to us.” (Via Mr. Drudge.)

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