Uncut Video Of Saddam Hussein Execution Seen Across The Web

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Despite the express wish of the Iraqi Government that the only footage shown of Saddam Hussein’s execution- be limited to the point where the noose was placed over Hussein’s head and tightened around his neck (with no audio), a full, uncut video, including “the drop” is going around the web like wildfire. Taken by a cellphone, it is showing on Netscape, and the story has already been “dugg” in a variety of ways, including how the cellphone was sneaked in.

This video release is likely to further put under the splotlight the editing freedom that web publishers have, with no fundamental accountability. And given the recent legislation proposed by Senator McCain that would help curb such freedoms- the argument is unlikely to go away anytime soon. Clearly, there are both legal and ethical questions raised by the open publication of this video that will need careful consideration. Especially with most of the world standing against the death penalty, most notably in Europe.

Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless regime was toppled by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged before dawn Saturday for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign.

The execution took place shortly after 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), Iraq’s national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, told Iraqi television.

This dark page has been turned over,” Rubaie said. “Saddam is gone. Today Iraq is an Iraq for all the Iraqis, and all the Iraqis are looking forward. … The [Hussein] era has gone forever.”

Al-Iraqiya state television aired a videotape of Hussein’s last moments several hours after the execution. The video showed Hussein, dressed in a black overcoat, being led into a room by three masked guards.

Rubaie, who witnessed the execution, said the former leader was “strangely submissive” to the process.

He was a broken man,” he said. “He was afraid. You could see fear in his face.”

source: CNN

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  1. By David Krug posted on January 1, 2007 at 8:18 am
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    Deplorable how we can gloat in another man’s suffering and death. All over the news, and media everywhere we have photos and images of Saddam. To me its just sad.

    I’m a huge activist when it comes to the death penalty and I think its wrong how we rushed into this. The US didn’t have to turn him over and yet we did.

  2. By franky posted on January 1, 2007 at 9:07 am
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    I had loved to see a blog take a more critical position on this video.

  3. By Vimal Kumar posted on January 1, 2007 at 9:25 am
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    I dont understand why such a noise is being created by teh likes of amnesty etc at saddams execution. what did they want to do.put a laurel wreath round his neck for the murders etc.

    Where were these people when saddam was purging all his opponents.

    In fact this is a reflection of the hypocrisy of such organisations – they take up the cudgels for the accused but never for teh victims . It just shows that there are a lot of people with no work.

    saddam deserved what he got and thats it.

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  5. By John Rayburn posted on January 1, 2007 at 9:49 am
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    We rushed into this, eh? Why yes, he was captured only three years ago, and his trial lasted only just over a year.

    The man was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own people, and rightly referred to as the Butcher of Baghdad.
    Have you heard of the WWII war crimes trials and the executions that followed? Do you remember Kuwait, the burning oil fields, and more? How about his two sons that were as vile and demonic as he was, perhaps even more so.

    I’m not gloating, I’m saying that justice has prevailed sir.

  6. By franky posted on January 1, 2007 at 9:55 am
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    Justice?
    I mean you’re against killing, but then again you think a killer needs to be killed?

    Bush needed this head and Saddam, with the ungoing conflict and now this movie, has reached martyr status. Well done US.

  7. By franky posted on January 1, 2007 at 9:56 am
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    Ongoing of course.
    Sorry only had 2 coffees so far.

  8. By David Krug posted on January 1, 2007 at 10:49 am
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    So who gets to ‘pay’ for selling chemical weapons to the Iraqi’s and Iranians? Who pays for buying the oil?

    Who pays for us supporting Saddam during all the years it was convienent? Why is it we think justice is justice when we do things.

    Did we care about the Iraqi people who suffered all those years during his reign when we went to the gulf when Saddam during the Kuwaiti focussed war, or did we care about Oil Interests?

    No it was about the oil. Did we intervene when chemical weapons were being used against the Kurds?

    Nope.

    Why is it we make a huge deal over one man getting his due, when in fact we supported his legacy by providing weapons to all sides at huge profits to American Corporations.

    In fact if anyone is to blame for the Iraqi people’s current problems its our policy of the enemy of our enemy is our friend, and our selfish greed.

    Where is the justice in this? Who cares about his death. Does that really solve anything but add to the body count and provoke more violence?

  9. By Micah Sparacio posted on January 1, 2007 at 10:56 am
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    David’s right. For the most part, in America, justice seems to be nothing but a concept relative to American interests. This, of course, is absurd….and very convenient.

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  11. By Mark posted on January 1, 2007 at 11:55 am
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    That’s right- this is not about American justice. 1823 Monroe Doctrine and all that aside. The Iraqis are the ones who executed Saddam and it is they who did not want the event, and its gory details, shown all over the place. But they’re just US puppets, right? So who cares. It was the British who cobbled together the various ethnic regions into what we now know as the country of Iraq and the word coming from the ground there is that they reject the naive urge for “democracy” and would rather get back a benevolent “strongman”. The internal debate in the US is equally depressing on both sides- whether it’s neo-cons with their heads in the sand or Monday morning quarterbacking from simple-minded populists with no solutions. Hopefully, some common sense will prevail sooner, rather than later, and the US will learn the limitations of its power and join the rest of the world in the very real problems we face as a planet, and stop obsessing about itself.

  12. By Matt Craven posted on January 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm
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    *yawn*

    The iraqis tried and executed saddam. So be it. Life goes on.

    And the world is a much better place without that fucker.

    Matt

  13. By Jeremy Steele posted on January 1, 2007 at 10:22 pm
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    I wonder how long it will be until a “Hang Saddam” game pops up on Newgrounds. *sigh*

  14. By husam posted on January 1, 2007 at 11:18 pm
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    Justice?……………..what Justice?
    our world dosnt support Justice.
    tell me about the Justice in israel occupation for palestine!!
    tell me about the Justice in american occupation for iraq & afganestan!!
    tell me about the Justice in shishan!!
    in my opinion the Justice is made by the winner. if saddam wins the war we could see another version of Justice.

  15. By Nick posted on January 2, 2007 at 12:11 am
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    Feeling down over the hanging of a brutal despot?

    Google Images > Saddam Hussein

    You’ll get photos of families killed by Saddam’s chemical weapons bombardment of their villages. Some of them decaying in the street. Some infants cradled in their mothers’ arms. Where was the world outrage when those atrocities occurred?

    Fucking hypocrites.

  16. By Darnell Clayton posted on January 2, 2007 at 12:09 pm
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    Ahhh Saddam!

    May all dictator’s share his fate.

    Disclaimer: I am extremely prejudiced against leaders who enjoy slaughtering hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of their own people. Call me a lover of humanity. ;)

    PS

    Matt Craven’s comment is spot on. Cheers!

  17. By kelly morgane posted on January 5, 2007 at 8:03 pm
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    avec l’execution de saddam hussein la justice est reussie

  18. By fara abdoul ganyi posted on January 5, 2007 at 8:16 pm
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    certe sadam atout fait mais c’est pas les homme avec la complicité hippocrite de l’améeique qui vont l’exécuté virgilence mes chère frère du monde les americain arrive.

  19. By Mary Lowrey posted on January 10, 2007 at 8:53 am
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    I am so tired of hearing all these bleeding hearts talking about how wrong it was to execute Hussein. What are we supposed to do with Bin-Laden when we find him-slap him on the hand and tell him he was a bad boy for what he did? What is this world coming to when the citizens think it is wrong to execute the guilty and seem to forget the innocent lives these mad men have taken. If you feel so sorry for them then please feel free to go to their country and see how long you last.

  20. By Mary Lowrey posted on January 10, 2007 at 8:59 am
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    Hurray for Matt and Darnell! I couldn’t agree with either of you more.

  21. By tafougt posted on January 30, 2007 at 8:44 am
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    seddam putain de merde que vous etes. tu es un vrai soldat !!!!!!!!.un peu de politique sale bête.c’est honteux de voir tes derniers moments qui se passent ainsi; tu es un gros rat capturer par les sauvages des’USA.il y’a un proverbe berber qui dit: personne ne peut pas dire au lion que tu as une mauvaise ôdeur.anta kabchou fidae .ana haaeroun men amrik.

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