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MTAFFI
11-13-2007, 03:26 PM
In book, FBI agent says Saddam Hussein cried at last meeting

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BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Tuesday, November 13th 2007, 4:00 AM


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WASHINGTON - After confessing to slaughtering 180,000 Kurds and plotting to build a doomsday nuke, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was so upset when his FBI interrogator left for home that he cried like a baby.

FBI Special Agent George Piro whipped out two Cuban Cohibas - Saddam's favorite cigar - and they smoked on the patio behind his cell at Baghdad's airport.

"When we were saying bye, he started to tear up," Piro recalled in the new book "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack."

The self-effacing G-man was hardly surprised - he had spent nearly a year carefully becoming Saddam's best friend in a successful ploy to extract confessions from the notorious brute.

Piro's inside account of spending up to seven hours a day, every day, for eight months with Saddam is revealed in the new book by journalist Ronald Kessler.

Piro, then 36, began grilling Saddam in early 2004.

Instead of bright lights, loud music or waterboarding, the Beirut-born Arabic speaker - who immigrated to the U.S. as a teen - built a rapport with the dictator nabbed in a spider hole. He treated him with respect and took care of his every need.

On his birthday, Piro showed Saddam news clippings showing that Iraqis no longer celebrated the date. But then the agent gave him baklava Piro's Lebanese mother sent him in Baghdad.

They talked about sports and Saddam's pulp novels, and soon the despot was spilling his guts over thick cups of Folger's.

Saddam never used body doubles - as was widely believed - because no one could "play" him, Piro quoted Saddam as saying.

He admired Americans, particularly ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan - but loathed the two Bushes he fought wars with.

The "Butcher of Baghdad" also confessed he ordered Kurdish civilians gassed and slaughtered thousands more, their remains left in mass graves.

Until 9/11, Saddam thought UN sanctions would go away and he could make a nuclear bomb. His prewar weapons of mass destruction deceptions were a ruse to convince Iran - whom he feared - that he had an arsenal.

Kessler said Saddam trusted Piro more than his own monstrous sons Uday and Qusay, for whom he had little love before G.I.s gunned them down.

In more human moments, Saddam tried to hit on a "cute" American nurse. And despite praying and reading the Koran, he had a fondness for whiskey and cigars.

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Keltoi
11-14-2007, 04:26 AM
I had almost forgotten among the many other infamous titles given to Saddam, he was also the author of several interesting pulp novels. He reminds me alot of Kim Jong Ill, who loved American movies and culture, favored whiskey and cigars, and gave public speeches decrying the taint of the West.
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MTAFFI
11-14-2007, 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by Keltoi
I had almost forgotten among the many other infamous titles given to Saddam, he was also the author of several interesting pulp novels. He reminds me alot of Kim Jong Ill, who loved American movies and culture, favored whiskey and cigars, and gave public speeches decrying the taint of the West.
sounds kinda like hugo chavez too... lol ;D
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Zarmina
11-18-2007, 07:24 AM
Considering the source, I very much doubt it.
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noorahmad
11-18-2007, 11:53 AM
yeah, its kinda hard to believe, loving an FBI agent more than hos sons!!!
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