What did we Know and When did we Know it
Check out CNN honcho, Eason Jordan's admission that they covered up news so that they could have a Baghdad bureau. It's simply astounding .. Saddam's son Uday felt so confident in his "relationship" with the grand CNN poobah, that he told him ahead of time that he was going to try to asasssinate two of his own relatives who had defected to Jordan and even King Hussain! And check out this one:
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.
So much for any kind of 'objective news"... no reporting at all? Why not just pull out of Iraq? If CNN couldn't report honestly, what is the point of having a presence "on the ground"?
Speaking of not letting us know, I found this little number from Scott Ritter, the arms-inspector-turned-antiwar-activist. Check it out. He knew all about the kids that Saddam had locked up, but didn't want to tell anyone just how bad it was. Why? They might want to try and free the kids.
You've spoke about having seen the children's prisons in Iraq. Can you describe what you saw there?
[...] It was a horrific scene. Actually I'm not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I'm waging peace.