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Ursula, I, for one, appreciate your posting breaking news.

Prediction: Chemical Ali will dissappear into the bowels of the US prison camps and we will hear nothing more about him for months.

Reason: there are no chemical weapons or active programs for him to report on but they don't want him to say that publically.

There was a sad story on NPR this morning that really touched me.

Hilma, the German-born wife of Iraqi scientist al-Saadi has been trying to secure his release.

As described by government officials and their families, the United States has used aggressive tactics to find and question key Iraqi scientists. Amir Saadi, Iraq's 65-year-old chief liaison with United Nations weapons inspectors since last year, has been held incommunicado since his voluntary surrender in Baghdad to U.S. military police more than three months ago, according to his wife, Helma.

The night before he gave himself up, Saadi saw himself listed on BBC satellite television as one of the men being sought by U.S. forces. In a recent interview at her home in Baghdad, Helma Saadi said that he told her, “I want to surrender. I want to cooperate. It will be just a matter of a few hours, and I'll be back.'
Just hours before his April 12 surrender, Saadi gave a television interview to a German television reporter during which he said, “There were no weapons of mass destruction, and time will bear me out.” It is the same sentiment he sent to U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix in a message that arrived at U.N. headquarters on March 19.

The NPR story explained that he had refused to join the Baath Party despite the risks.

In the five months since he surrendered, Hilma (Helma) has received only two one-page letters from him delivered by the Red Cross.

The US has refused to say why he is being held or what the charges are. Last week she turned to the UN for help. She was at UN HQ when the bomb went off and is now missing.

You can believe that if he Amir Saadi had had anything revealing to say about WMD, the US authorities would have trotted him out.

Chemical Ali will suffer a similar fate.

I hardly recognize my government anymore.


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