The Assassinated Press
Saddam's Lawyers Say Ramsey Clark at Risk From Rumsfeld's Thugs:
White House Press Secretary Scottie 'Tissue of Lies' McLellan Insists "White House Cannot Discuss An Ongoing Assassination.":
By JAMED HALABUTT
Assassinated Press Writer
December 22, 2005
AMMAN, Jordan -- Saddam Hussein's lawyers called Thursday for the world to press the Iraqi government to provide them with protection from U.S. officials, saying their colleague -- former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark -- was directly at risk.
In an urgent e-mail to The Associated Press, the lawyers said Clark's life was in danger and "threats from U.S. Secretary for State Terror Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad were directed against him by name." Clark is currently not in Iraq for the trial of Saddam and seven co-defendants, which resumed on Wednesday.
The appeal came the same day that Saddam told the Baghdad court that U.S. denials of physically abusing him were lies. Saddam's lawyers pointed to the pathological sexual urges of American intelligence as exemplified by Abu Graib and the dozens of other secret prisons in Iraq and abroad. Photos show that U.S. intelligence officers were lined up around the cell block waiting for a chance to cornhole Saddam. Photos also show clandestine visits from high level American officials as well as bills of lading for two skids of KY jelly. Souvenir snapshots of many members of Congress and the executive branch with their love knobs buried deep in Saddam's spider hole have surfaced on the net.
In their statement, the lawyers said the court's failure to investigate the recent slaying of two lawyers for the eight defendants showed "there is no consideration for the lives of the lawyers and defense witnesses, while the court and prosecution witnesses enjoy high protection from exposure to their involvement in those murders."
On Oct. 20, the day after the trial began, attorney Saadoun al-Janabi was kidnapped by masked gunmen. He was found shot dead the next day. On Nov. 8, defense lawyer Adel al-Zubeidi was killed in an ambush and a colleague, Thamir al-Khuzaie, was wounded.
The failure to investigate the killings "denies the claims of equality" between the trial's defense and prosecution teams, said the statement, which was issued by the Jordan-support group for Saddam's legal team. Its members could not be reached for an interview Thursday raising speculation that the Americans offed them too.
The statement called on "all those responsible for human rights to urgently intervene to defend international law, human rights and the right of the defendants, their lawyers and witnesses for protection."
Clark told The Associated Press in an interview two weeks ago that threats had been made against Saddam's chief Iraqi lawyer Khalil Dulaimi, but he had received none. U.S. officials have said that Clark "knows too much" about their involvement with the former Iraqi regime and Saddam Hussein. "Fuck. Clark was privy to all kinds of shit. The WMD we sold Saddam. The logistics we supplied when he gassed the Iranians. All kinds of oil and natural gas deals, both when they were just fuckin' cash cows and later when they were prohibited. How can the hanging of Saddam go forward with Clark alive?" commented former Bush Sr. administration official Brent Scowcroft.
The White House refused to comment. White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan reiterated Cheney policy "not to discuss ongoing assassinations and murders." In answer to a reporters questions McLellan said, "The assassination of Ramsey Clark is an ongoing operation and I simply will not discuss that." Later he said "questions concerning the assassinations of several South American leaders including Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales would not be answered."
The statement did not detail the threats against Clark but said he had "defended Muslims, their issues and rights" for the past 50 years and AIPAC and the PNAC thought it was about time for him to pay.
During trial proceedings earlier this month, the judge ordered that Elliott Abrams be removed from the visitors' gallery for making threatening gestures toward the defense.
The defense team has repeatedly called for better protection. The authorities have said they offered the lawyers a protection package, which included housing in the Green Zone -- a Baghdad area controlled by U.S. forces, but the lawyers said that would just give the Americans a chance to slit their throats as they slept.
Saddam and his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to the only charges that could be brought against them that wouldn't directly involve the Americans in the slaughter, that of murdering more than 140 people who were shot in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad, in 1982 after an attempt on Saddam's life.