Skip to comments.Saddam's Hangman Details Torture
Posted on 11/26/2005 6:28:47 AM PST by InvisibleChurch
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 9:08 a.m. EST Saddam's Hangman Details Torture
One of Saddam Hussein's official hangmen is speaking to the media for the first time - offering a firsthand account of some of the torture techniques he used on Saddam's orders.
Recalling his time working at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, Abu Hussein [last name withheld] recalled that a new batch of political prisoners was brought in - without being charged with a crime - every week.
Deserters from Iraq's war with Iran faced the firing squad, the hangman told Reuters, while prisoners who had insulted Saddam were hanged because it was more cruel.
"A firing squad is more compassionate because people usually died immediately. But hanging is cruel because it can take time to die. If they don't die, we started over again," he said.
Death always came after weeks of torture, Abu Hussein said.
"Sometimes we would hang them upside down and beat their feet with clubs. Or we would electrocute them," he said.
"One of the worst things was putting 10 people in a one-square-meter room for weeks. They had a brief break every day and were allowed the toilet every three days," he said.
Three executions were carried out each Monday and Thursday. One day Saddam's feared son Uday showed up and asked about eight political prisoners standing nearby. He ordered their immediate execution, the ex-executioner told Reuters.
He recalled watching men writhe in agony as they died, which even he found upsetting. But nobody could afford to defy orders in Saddam's Iraq.
"We would have been killed on the spot," Abu Hussein said. "One time this executioner was one hour late in hanging someone and he was himself hanged."
But...but...but...the nasty Americans put (gasp) panties on their prisoner's heads.
"One time this executioner was one hour late in hanging someone and he was himself hanged."
I bet that taught him to get a clock
Saddam and Dubya are moral equivalents, ya know. That's what Michael Moore told me!
Well, yeah ... but ... we put panties of the heads of prisoners ... so ... we're just as bad ... right?
No, worse. We let women put panties on their heads. Only an infidel could be so cruel.
Anti-"precious"-lefty Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!
But you don't understand. You are not morall superior to any culture, THEY are!
Next time you're with a lefty, maneuver the conversation to the point that he says "no culture is superior to any other".
Then ask him why he prefers blue states to red.
Leave it to the "peace and justice" crowd to make Saddam their poster boy.
Paging Angela and friends........
No to mention the pointing and giggling at their genitalia. That was WAY over the top.
Hard to believe it is even possible to get ten people into a "room" that is barely bigger than 3ft by 3ft by 3ft.
'Hard to believe it is even possible to get ten people into a "room" that is barely bigger than 3ft by 3ft by 3ft.'
I took it to mean a floor one meter square, but with a higher ceiling. That would leave slightly less than one square foot of floor space per prisoner.
Bbbbbut Desmond Tutu says the US is immoral for invading Iraq!
The poor Iraqis. All they did was trade one oppressive regime for another. </DU talking points>
What is arabic for now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!
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