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83-Steelers-43
11-05-2006, 08:31 AM
Saddam Hussein Sentenced to Die for Crimes Against Humanity
Sunday, November 05, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq ? Saddam Hussein, the iron-fisted dictator who ruled Iraq for nearly a quarter of a century, was found guilty of crimes against humanity Sunday and sentenced to death by hanging.

The so-called Butcher of Baghdad, who was president of Iraq from 1979 until he was deposed by Coalition forces in April 2003, was convicted of the 1982 killings of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail.

The visibly shaken former leader shouted "God is great!" as Iraq's High Tribunal announced his sentence.

Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of the former Revolutionary Court, were sentenced to join Saddam on the gallows for the Dujail killings after an unsuccessful assassination attempt during a Saddam visit to the city 35 miles north of Baghdad.

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The trial brought Saddam and his co-defendants before their accusers in what was one of the most highly publicized and heavily reported trials of its kind since the Nuremberg tribunals for members of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime and its slaughter of 6 million Jews in the World War II Holocaust.

The White House praised the Iraqi judicial system for its independence and denied the Bush administration had been "scheming" to arrange a verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial days before crucial U.S. elections.

"The president thinks it?s an important moment for the Iraqi people," White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told FOX News.

"The judiciary is operating independently and we need to give them credit for doing their job and doing it in the way they saw fit and proper," Snow said.

Iraqis, he said, "are the ones who conducted the trial. The Iraqi judges are the ones who spent all the time pouring over the evidence. ... It's important to give them credit for running their own government."

Nouri al-Maliki, the Shiite prime minister, declared the verdicts as history's judgement on a whole era.

"The verdict placed on the heads of the former regime does not represent a verdict for any one person. It is a verdict on a whole dark era that has was unmatched in Iraq's history," al-Maliki said after the session.

Some feared the verdicts could intensify Iraq's sectarian violence after a trial that stretched over nine months in 39 sessions and ended nearly 3 1/2 months ago. Clashes immediately broke out Sunday in north Baghdad's heavily Sunni Azamiyah district. Elsewhere in the capital, celebratory gunfire rang out.

"This government will be responsible for the consequences, with the deaths of hundreds, thousands or even hundreds of thousands, whose blood will be shed," Salih al-Mutlaq, a Sunni political leader, told the al-Arabiya satellite television station.

Saddam and his seven co-defendants were on trial for a wave of revenge killings carried out in the city of Dujail following a 1982 assassination attempt on the former dictator. Al-Maliki's Islamic Dawa party, then an underground opposition, has claimed responsibility for organizing the attempt on Saddam's life.

In the streets of Dujail, a Tigris River city of 84,000, people celebrated and burned pictures of their former tormentor as the verdict was read.

The death sentences automatically go to a nine-judge appeals panel, which has unlimited time to review the case. If the verdicts and sentences are upheld, the executions must be carried out within 30 days.

A court official told The Associated Press that the appeals process was likely to take three to four weeks once the formal paperwork was submitted.

During Sunday's hearing, Saddam initially refused the chief judge's order to rise; two bailiffs pulled the ousted ruler to his feet and he remained standing through the sentencing, sometimes wagging his finger at the judge.

Before the session began, one of Saddam's lawyers, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, was ejected from the courtroom after handing the judge a memorandum in which he called the trial a travesty.

Chief Judge Raouf Abdul-Rahman pointed to Clark and said in English, "Get out."

In addition to the former Iraqi dictator and Barzan Ibrahim, his former intelligence chief and half brother, the Iraqi High Tribunal convicted and sentenced Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the head of Iraq's former Revolutionary Court, to death by hanging. Iraq's former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Three defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison for torture and premeditated murder. Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid and his son Mizhar Abdullah Ruwayyid were party officials Dujail, along with Ali Dayih Ali. They were believed responsible for the Dujail arrests.

Mohammed Azawi Ali, a former Dujail Baath Party official, was acquitted for lack of evidence and immediately freed.

He faces additional charges in a separate case over an alleged massacre of Kurdish civilians.

The guilty verdict for Saddam is expected to enrage hard-liners among Saddam's fellow Sunnis, who made up the bulk of the former ruling class. The country's majority Shiites, who were persecuted under the former leader but now largely control the government, will likely view the outcome as a cause of celebration.

Saddam's chief lawyer Khalil al-Dulaim told AP his client called on Iraqis to reject sectarian violence and called on them to refrain from taking revenge on U.S. invaders.

"His message to the Iraqi people was 'pardon and do not take revenge on the invading nations and their people'," al-Dulaimi said, quoting Saddam. "The president also asked his countrymen to 'unify in the face of sectarian strife."'

In Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, 1,000 people defied the curfew and carried pictures of the city's favorite son through the streets. Some declared the court a product of the U.S. "occupation forces" and condemned the verdict.

"By our souls, by our blood we sacrifice for you Saddam" and "Saddam your name shakes America."

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad issued a statement saying the verdicts "demonstrate the commitment of the Iraqi people to hold them (Saddam and his co-defendants) accountable."

"Although the Iraqis may face difficult days in the coming weeks, closing the book on Saddam and his regime is an opportunity to unite and build a better future," Khalilzad said.

U.S. officials associated with the tribunal said Saddam's repeated courtroom outbursts during the nine-month trial may have played a key part in his conviction.

They cited his admission in a March 1 hearing that he had ordered the trial of 148 Shiites who were eventually executed, insisting that doing so was legal because they were suspected in the assassination attempt against him. "Where is the crime? Where is the crime?" he asked, standing before the panel of five judges.

Later in the same session, he argued that his co-defendants must be released and that because he was in charge, he alone must be tried. His outburst came a day after the prosecution presented a presidential decree with a signature they said was Saddam's approval for death sentences for the 148 Shiites, their most direct evidence against him.

About 50 of those sentenced by the "Revolutionary Court" died during interrogation before they could go to the gallows. Some of those hanged were children.

"Every time they (defendants) rose and spoke, they provided a lot of incriminating evidence," said one of the U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Under Saddam, Iraq's bureaucracy showed a consistent tendency to document orders, policies and minutes of meetings. That, according to the U.S. officials, helped the prosecution produce more than 30 documents that clearly established the chain of command under Saddam.

One document gave the names of everyone from Dujail banished to a desert detention camp in southern Iraq. Another, prepared by an aide to Saddam, gave the president a detailed account of the punitive measures against the people of Dujail following the failed assassination attempt.

Saddam's trial had from the outset appeared to reflect the turmoil and violence in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

One of Saddam's lawyers was assassinated the day after the trial's opening session last year. Two more were later assassinated and a fourth fled the country.

In January, chief judge Rizgar Amin, a Kurd, resigned after complaints by Shiite politicians that he had failed to keep control of court proceedings. He, in turn, complained of political interference in the trial. Abdul-Rahman, another Kurd, replaced Amin.

Hearings were frequently disrupted by outbursts from Saddam and Ibrahim, with the two raging against what they said was the illegitimacy of the court, their ill treatment in the U.S.-run facility where they are being held and the lack of protection for their lawyers.

The defense lawyers contributed to the chaos in the courtroom by staging several boycotts.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,227574,00.html

Cape Cod Steel Head
11-05-2006, 08:49 AM
Good! Now we can leave.

83-Steelers-43
11-05-2006, 08:57 AM
Wow, no lethal injection over there. That's still getting off easy in my opinion. I would drop his butt off in the heart of Kurd territory.

It is cool watching the newly liberated little Iraqi kids celebrating the verdict. God Bless America! :thumbsup:

http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/U/2/saddam_ace_in_the_hole.jpg :flap:

PisnNapalm
11-05-2006, 09:02 AM
They should have just strung him up by the jewels when they found him. It would have saved alot of time and money.

BlacknGold Bleeder
11-05-2006, 09:13 AM
:m16: :iagree: :rocket: :ak47:

stillers4me
11-05-2006, 09:18 AM
Now we'll see if the Iraqi justice system is modeled like the American one......will he still be alive 20 years from now with appeal after appeal???

SteelCityMan786
11-05-2006, 09:19 AM
Good Job by the Iraqi judicial system. Very appropriate punishment for inhumane crimes.

83-Steelers-43
11-05-2006, 09:25 AM
"Some states are trying to abolish the death penalty... my states puttin in an express lane." :toofunny:

Steelers
11-05-2006, 09:28 AM
He originally requested a firing squad, but was denied. I read somewhere that, of course, he's going to appeal the ruling, which will take at least 2 months.

Good ****ing riddance. :globe:

silver & black
11-05-2006, 09:44 AM
Now we'll see if the Iraqi justice system is modeled like the American one......will he still be alive 20 years from now with appeal after appeal???

I was watching CNN and they said his appeal would be in about a month. After it is denied, the sentence could be carried out in as little as a couple of months.... sounds better than our system, if you ask me.

skidboot
11-05-2006, 10:02 AM
cut his head off.

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 10:32 AM
He originally requested a firing squad, but was denied. I read somewhere that, of course, he's going to appeal the ruling, which will take at least 2 months.

Good ****ing riddance. :globe:

Well, I'm sure most believe he's getting what he deserved. After all, "Do unto others what you would like done unto you,"
^^^^This is true^^^^^

Here's a summary of opinions that I've heard in my 'hood so far...
Forget the freakin appeal. Just pull the dang lever and get it over with.


~Polamalufan43:tt02:

P.S. Isn't hanging illegal?

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 10:42 AM
Well, I'm sure most believe he's getting what he deserved. After all, "Do unto others what you would like done unto you,"
^^^^This is true^^^^^

Here's a summary of opinions that I've heard in my 'hood so far...
Forget the freakin appeal. Just pull the dang lever and get it over with.


~Polamalufan43:tt02:

P.S. Isn't hanging illegal?

As I said before ...put monsters like this in the chair...I'LL pull the switch..and have no problem eating the jify pop I put in his lap prior to him getting his just rewards...:popcorn: anybody want to share?

83-Steelers-43
11-05-2006, 10:44 AM
anybody want to share?

I'll bring the beer. :cheers:

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 10:45 AM
As I said before ...put monsters like this in the chair...I'LL pull the switch..and have no problem eating the jify pop I put in his lap prior to him getting his just rewards...:popcorn: anybody want to share?

Ha, let's eat :popcorn:

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 10:47 AM
I'll bring the beer. :cheers:

COOL..its a party!!!!:party: :party: :dancing: :dancing: :pizza: :present: :celebrate :partay: :partay: :danceshout: :danceshout: :party: :party:

83-Steelers-43
11-05-2006, 10:52 AM
I'll also make up some signs for the event. I need some ideas though. "DIE YOU RAT BASTARD" isn't very original.

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 10:56 AM
I'll bring the decorations, American Flags, and some patriotic music. Let's roll!

Party! WOOT WOOT! :juggle: :usa: :usa:

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 11:00 AM
I'll bring the decorations, American Flags, and some patriotic music.

Party! WOOT WOOT! :juggle: :usa: :usa:

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Allright!!!!...how about dancing girls?..I have always been partial to dancing girls.

Big D
11-05-2006, 11:00 AM
"Some states are trying to abolish the death penalty... my states puttin in an express lane." :toofunny:

haha ron white.

Big D
11-05-2006, 11:01 AM
Allright!!!!...how about dancing girls?..I have always been partial to dancing girls.

Good point. How can there be a good party with out strippers. I'll lead the keg stances and beer bonging

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 11:06 AM
Hmmm... I don't know about that.... but oh well, a party is a party...*said while break dancing*

I think we are missing something though, oh yeah... I'll MC.... And we're proud to be Americans, cause at least we know we're free...
~Polamalufan43:tt02:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 11:25 AM
Good point. How can there be a good party with out strippers. I'll lead the keg stances and beer bonging

Big D...shhhhhhhhhhhh.....for the sake of the females in the room....its "dancing girls".....

As a disclaimer to all parties currently in the forum....We men involved in this "social gathering" would like to make it clear that we do not officially condone any behaviour that may or may not be construed as chauvinistic ot demeaning in nature...We would also dissavow any direct knowledge as to the amount of clothing these alleged "dancing girls" will be wearing at any given time, and any such decision shall be the sole responsibility of these same alleged "dancing girls"
Also let it be said that any money or money's exchanged to said girls shall in no way be meant to be taken as an exchange for services rendered, and the correlation between clothing and money whall be considered purely coincidental.
thank you
LLT's Attorney

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 11:46 AM
Okay, at the party, we have a separate room for the ladies, and another room for the men.... And we will all watch with great delight and will be waving signs while a certain dictator gets his just reward...

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 11:59 AM
I just think that the ladies....(I'm thinking, maybe me, HTG, Stillers...) from the forum that would like to attend should have a say in choosing the said "dancers". :wink02: Polamolu....you in??? (lol)

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 12:05 PM
Haha... I am in... lol

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

P.S. And yes... I am a girl....

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 12:08 PM
I just think that the ladies....(I'm thinking, maybe me, HTG, Stillers...) from the forum that would like to attend should have a say in choosing the said "dancers". :wink02: Polamolu....you in??? (lol)

I think I would rather converse with sexy steeler babes anyway...can I go to the ladies room?....er....I mean the room with ladies in it.

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 12:19 PM
I think I would rather converse with sexy steeler babes anyway...can I go to the ladies room?....er....I mean the room with ladies in it.Well LLT, you'd be welcome to come in but I'm not certain how much conversing we'll be interested in....I'm guessing we might be a bit "preoccupied". :hunch:

HometownGal
11-05-2006, 12:21 PM
I just think that the ladies....(I'm thinking, maybe me, HTG, Stillers...) from the forum that would like to attend should have a say in choosing the said "dancers". :wink02: Polamolu....you in??? (lol)

I'd love to see LLT and SteelCzar 'perform' for us ladies. :wink02: :bouncy:

As for Saddam - I say force feed the rotten bastard ham sandwiches before putting the noose around his neck. Kick him in the crotch as the noose tightens for good measure. :thumbsup:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 12:28 PM
Well LLT, you'd be welcome to come in but I'm not certain how much conversing we'll be interested in....I'm guessing we might be a bit "preoccupied". :hunch:

Oh fine!!! ...I offer my friendship and you gals are to preoccupied to converse....guess Ill have to wear my old army uniform and come as "Sgt Biggs"....dancing around the room for dollars....(actually you girls are liable to give me a dollar and ask for change...dont know if my fragile psyche can handle it)

blackvelvet
11-05-2006, 12:33 PM
Wow. We were just talking about this in our Social Studies class (we somehow got to talking about JFK's administration to Saddam's trial). We all had different veiws on the war, but we all wondered what was taking the so long in the trials. Man, he doesn't even deserve the trial we gave him.

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 12:36 PM
Wow. We were just talking about this in our Social Studies class (we somehow got to talking about JFK's administration to Saddam's trial). We all had different veiws on the war, but we all wondered what was taking the so long in the trials. Man, he doesn't even deserve the trial we gave him.

JFK to Sadaams trial?...how did you get sidetracked like that. Now if you would have followed the natural progression to male/female stripping....??? well, then I would understand.

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 12:36 PM
Oh fine!!! ...I offer my friendship and you gals are to preoccupied to converse....guess Ill have to wear my old army uniform and come as "Sgt Biggs"....dancing around the room for dollars....(actually you girls are liable to give me a dollar and ask for change...dont know if my fragile psyche can handle it)You can always show up and let us be the judge???!!! Sounds like HTG is in! :banana: :chicken:

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 12:38 PM
You can always show up and let us be the judge???!!! Sounds like HTG is in! :banana: :chicken:

I really dont want to leave this party with $17.45 in nickels....I really dont.

Big D
11-05-2006, 01:13 PM
I really dont want to leave this party with $17.45 in nickels....I really dont.

I want to hang out with the steelers babes too llt. Maybe we will have to be very efficent with our time. I'm going to do my best chip and dales impersonation. I'll impress all the steeler fever forum ladies with my unbelievable dance moves. I've been known for my break dancing and moon walking

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 01:14 PM
I want to hang out with the steelers babes too llt. Maybe we will have to be very efficent with our time. I'm going to do my best chip and dales impersonation. I'll impress all the steeler fever forum ladies with my unbelievable dance moves. I've been known for my break dancing and moon walking

BREAK DANCE ON!

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 01:17 PM
I want to hang out with the steelers babes too llt. Maybe we will have to be very efficent with our time. I'm going to do my best chip and dales impersonation. I'll impress all the steeler fever forum ladies with my unbelievable dance moves. I've been known for my break dancing and moon walkingWe'll be watching! (lol) :privateeyes:

Big D
11-05-2006, 01:17 PM
BREAK DANCE ON!

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

has anyone seen varsity blues?? I have moves like billy bob. I'm soft on my feet like that

Big D
11-05-2006, 01:19 PM
We'll be watching! (lol) :privateeyes:

yes in person. As well as next year when you see me on so you think you can dance as well as dancing with the stars... Who's my partner you ask???? who else other than martha stewart.

Big D
11-05-2006, 01:23 PM
here you go ladies. Here is just a sneak peak of my moves
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e99fijCIEM

polamalufan43
11-05-2006, 01:26 PM
OMG.... can't wait to see that....lol

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Big D
11-05-2006, 01:29 PM
thats nothing. Just wait until i get tipsy.

lamberts-lost-tooth
11-05-2006, 02:05 PM
has anyone seen varsity blues?? I have moves like billy bob. I'm soft on my feet like that

"I aint dancing....Im WORKING!!!!":dancing:

stillers4me
11-05-2006, 08:05 PM
I'd love to see LLT and SteelCzar 'perform' for us ladies. :wink02: :bouncy:

As for Saddam - I say force feed the rotten bastard ham sandwiches before putting the noose around his neck. Kick him in the crotch as the noose tightens for good measure. :thumbsup:

My my, HTG....you've got a vicious streak in you, girlfriend. I like it. :wink02:

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 09:49 PM
here you go ladies. Here is just a sneak peak of my moves
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e99fijCIEMHEY! Don't ever do that again!!!! My eyes may never recover! :horror:

floodcitygirl
11-05-2006, 09:54 PM
I'd love to see LLT and SteelCzar 'perform' for us ladies. :wink02: :bouncy:

As for Saddam - I say force feed the rotten bastard ham sandwiches before putting the noose around his neck. Kick him in the crotch as the noose tightens for good measure. :thumbsup:Hmmmm HTG....do you have some early covert info that you'd like to share with us on your selections????? :wink02:

Hines0wnz
11-08-2006, 12:28 AM
Too bad it wont be a slow, suffering death.

stillers4me
11-08-2006, 05:34 AM
Too bad it wont be a slow, suffering death.

Last I heard.....be hung to death is pretty miserable.........

HometownGal
11-08-2006, 06:14 AM
Hmmmm HTG....do you have some early covert info that you'd like to share with us on your selections????? :wink02:


Maybe, maybe not. :wink02:

HometownGal
11-08-2006, 06:20 AM
Last I heard.....be hung to death is pretty miserable.........

That's why I suggested kicking him in the nuts as they noose him - he'd be in so much pain, he wouldn't even feel his eyes popping out of his head or his neck snap like a twig. It's actually a merciful way for that POS to croak. :thumbsup:

floodcitygirl
11-08-2006, 08:05 AM
Maybe, maybe not. :wink02:I'm not worried. I know you won't hold out on a Steeler sista! I'll be expecting that pm..... :thumbsup:

Big D
11-08-2006, 08:30 AM
Too bad it wont be a slow, suffering death.

I would make him watch our game against the raiders before they hang em. That will show him

HometownGal
11-08-2006, 08:42 AM
I would make him watch our game against the raiders before they hang em. That will show him

That would be viewed as cruel and unusual punishment, but on the other hand, would be much more painful than the kick in the nads that I want to see prior to stringing him up like a side of beef. I think they should do it. :thumbsup:

Big D
11-08-2006, 09:10 AM
That would be viewed as cruel and unusual punishment, but on the other hand, would be much more painful than the kick in the nads that I want to see prior to stringing him up like a side of beef. I think they should do it. :thumbsup:

Your right homey. My bad. Making him watch the raider game would probably viewed as a war crime against the us.

steelfan 92
11-08-2006, 10:38 AM
it's about time he got what he deserved, it should be televised globally

polamalufan43
11-08-2006, 03:13 PM
I say that we make him watch a Browns game and while he is in the pain of watching them suck he will be hung and dead before he even realizes it.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

blackvelvet
11-10-2006, 03:50 PM
it's about time he got what he deserved, it should be televised globally

I want tickets to this! Although if they were selling tickets ,I think the citizens of Iraq would get first dibs....

sumo
11-10-2006, 04:18 PM
Sadam's favorite team is the Bengals

Hines0wnz
01-02-2007, 04:17 PM
He didnt hang out very long.