Monday, December 19, 2005

What If They Had Held Up

A 7/11 instead? Here in America you do serious time for petty crime. In Iraq you get a 24 hour head start before the families of your victims are notified.
'Dr. Germ,' Others Released in Iraq - Yahoo! News: "Across
Iraq, meanwhile, demonstrations broke out to protest a government decision to raise the price of gasoline, heating and cooking fuel, and the oil minister threatened to resign over the development.

An Iraqi lawyer said the 24 or 25 officials from Saddam's government were released from jail without charges, and some have already left the country.

'The release was an American-Iraqi decision and in line with an Iraqi government ruling made in December 2004, but hasn't been enforced until after the elections in an attempt to ease the political pressure in Iraq,' said the lawyer, Badee Izzat Aref.

Among them were Rihab Taha, a British-educated biological weapons expert, who was known as 'Dr. Germ' for her role in making bio-weapons in the 1980s, and Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, known as 'Mrs. Anthrax,' a former top Baath Party official and biotech researcher, Aref said.

'Because of security reasons, some of them want to leave the country,' he said. He declined to elaborate, but noted 'some have already left Iraq today.'

Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, would say only that eight individuals formerly designated as high-value detainees were released Saturday after a board process found they were no longer a security threat and no charges would be filed against them.

Neither the U.S. military or Iraqi officials would disclose any of the names, but a legal official in Baghdad said Taha and Ammash were among those released."
I wonder if there were any trusted second lieutenants in the group? When are we going to get that Osama bin Forgotten guy? You know the one who supposedly started all this crap and was going to found dead or alive.

What have we been doing for the last three years? The thrill of voting will wear off, just as it did in this country.

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