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The former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein has claimed that in an affidavit presented to an Iraqi judge, he had pleaded guilty and also named a few accomplices. Mr. Hussein made this claim in an exclusive interview to this reporter. This interview was possible because Saddam was now officially in “Iraqi” hands and the “Iraqis” were “free” to do whatever they wanted with him.
The former dictator said that he wanted to get it out of his system and that the truth was “eating” him alive. He expressed hope that President Bush would punish the guilty to the fullest extent possible.
Asked what he felt about Bush, he said that the US President was essentially a good man but was being misled by crooks. These men, he claimed, hatched the biggest conspiracy theory since the Gulf of Tonkin incident to start a war. The recent Senate report on pre-war intelligence, he said, “proved just that.”
Saddam claimed that he was an American ally and that America supported him all through the 80s. He said he did not really understand what happened in the 90s.
It all started in 1983, he said, when Donald Rumsfled came to Baghdad with a hand-written letter from the then President Ronald Reagan seeking to re-establish diplomatic and trade relations. This happened when his military was busy using chemical weapons on Iranian soldiers.
The next year, Reagan administration removed Iraq from the list of terrorism-sponsoring nations. The former dictator acknowledged the Bob Woodward’s 1986 report in the Washington Post that the CIA was helping him in the use of chemical weapons as true. The American Type Culture Collection made 70 shipments of the anthrax and other pathogenic agents to Iraq.
He even cited the 1994 US Senate report titled “U.S. Chemical and Biological Warfare-Related Dual Use Exports to Iraq and Their Possible Impact on the Health Consequences of the Persian Gulf War.” The Reagan administration shipped chemical and biological weapon labs and intermediaries to Iraq through third countries such as Chile, Israel, and Italy.
Asked what he was doing when he was in hiding from the Americans, Saddam said he spent the time downloading illegal movies from the Internet and watching tapes of Mohammed Al-Sahaf’s press conferences. Asked how he was treated after he was captured, Mr. Hussein reassured this reporter that he was being treated humanely . To demonstrate this, he flashed a thumbs-up sign at one of the guards, who returned a friendly middle-finger salute. “See,” he said, “they still love me.”
|The American Type Culture Collection made 70 shipments of the anthrax and other pathogenic agents to Iraq.|
|The American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) helped my army calibrate mustard gas so that it can be used against Iranian soldiers. Later, Chemical Ali used this expertise was used on the people of Halabja. CIA contractors brokered deals for billions of dollars worth of weapons for Iraq. Dow Chemical wanted to ship pesticides that acted like nerve gas on humans. Sidewinder components were transshipped through Italy to Iraq.|
|The Bechtel Corporation signed an agreement to build a huge petrochemical complex in Bagdad, just two months after Chemical Ali killed 5000 people in the Kurdish town of Halabja.|
|U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) provided me with loan guarantees, which I used to get European companies to supply me with dual use materials. German firms even sold Iraq whole factories capable of mass-producing poison gas on the strength of the CCC’s credit guarantees.|
|Donald Rumsfeld met me in 1982 with a handwritten note from Ronald Reagan offering to arrange the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Iraq in order to secure better trade and economic relations and to firm up plans to run a pipeline from Iraq to the Jordanian port of Aqaba that would benefit mainly the Bechtel Corporation. He did this despite knowing that we were using chemical weapons in Iran.|
|The Reagan administration sought to keep a low profile and avoid attention by using obscure U.S. government loan guarantee programs set up by the Department of Agriculture. It was able to do this through fronts, cutouts and sham corporations, allowing for plausible denial. Deals were made to use Brazil as a transshipment point for these weapons. Jordan was used as an intermediary and a convenient false end-user destination. Saudi Arabia transferred hundreds of bombs to Iraq to use against Iran.|
|Washington’s political, military and economic sweetheart deals with the Iraqi dictator came to light when in August 1989, FBI agents raided the Atlanta branch of the Rome-based Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) and uncovered massive fraud involving the CCC loan guarantee scheme and billions of dollars worth of unauthorised off-the-books loans to Iraq. BNL Atlanta manager Chris Drougal had used the CCC program to underwrite programs that had nothing to do with agricultural exports. Using this covert set-up, Hussein’s regime tried to buy the most hard-to-get components for its nuclear weapons and missile programs on the black market. An Agriculture Department employee shredded documents describing department’s role in obtaining $5.5 billion in U.S. taxpayer-guaranteed loans to Iraq through BNL, an Italian bank. The shredding was witnessed by a Justice Department paralegal.|
|Lobbied for Iraq on numerous occasions. Bush signed a classified secret policy called National Security Directive 26 which encouraged U.S. oil companies to do business with Iraq. During the period when my troops were using poison gas against Iranians, the then Vice President Bush Sr. intervened personally to ensure that the U.S. Export-Import Bank guaranteed loans to Iraq worth $500 million to build an oil pipeline. In 1988, the year when I was gassing thousands of Kurds, President Bush Sr. provided Baghdad with $500 million in credit to buy U.S. farm products. The year after the genocide, Bush Sr. doubled this subsidy to $1 billion and sent with the package germ seed for anthrax, more helicopters and dual use materials that could be used for making the very chemical and biological weapons.|
|George Shultz was Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan. Along with Vice President George Bush, he lobbied for financial and military aid for Iraq. Schultz persuaded Representative Howard Berman to drop his bill returning Iraq to list of countries sponsoring terrorism. In 1988, at the UN, Schultz downplayed Iraq’s use of chemical weapons on Kurds. He now heads the Bechtel Corporation. In an op-ed article in The Washington Times, months before the invasion, saying that “a strong foundation exists for immediate military action against [Saddam] Hussein and for a multilateral effort to rebuild Iraq after he is gone.”|