The Hanging of the Terrorist

29 12 2006

Filed under: Saddam hanging, Politics, War on Terror

UPDATE: 12:06 pm EST Saddam handed over. No. Still in U.S. Custody.
UPDATE: 10:40 pm EST Saddam hanged.
UPDATE: 12/30 – Video (uncut) at Hot Air. Scroll for updates.

Saddam to hang before New Year or maybe sooner. Some are saying before the Eid holiday which starts Sunday, others are saying within 24 hours of him being handed over to the Iraqi government, which occurs today.

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins this Sunday.

The hanging could take place as early as Friday, NBC’s Richard Engel reported.

The U.S. military received a formal request from the Iraqi government to transfer Saddam to Iraqi authorities, NBC reported on Thursday, which is one of the final steps required before his execution. His sentence, handed down last month, ordered that he be hanged within 30 days.

For the Iraqi’s soon is yesterday. I don’t think the 30 days will even begin counting, much less reach 30.

Wizbang reports that the hanging will be video taped although officials say it may not be made public:

Iraqi officials also said that Saddam’s final moments will be videotaped by the government, reports CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston.

“We will video everything,” National Security adviser Mouffak al Rubaie said. “All documentation will be videoed. Taking him from cell to the execution is going to be videoed, and the actual execution will be documented and videoed.”

Iraqis, members of the coalition and international representatives will witness the execution, Pinkston reports. It’s not clear whether the videotape will be broadcast on Iraqi television.

“All this means we can expect it to be on YouTube at some point.”

Michelle Malkin has reactions of Iraqis in Orange County, Calif.

See-Dubya hoped Times Square would have been the location du preferance. Too bad.

Allah:

The risk of someone on their side tipping the jihadis to his whereabouts or even trying to bust him out themselves is too great. Baghdad is eight hours ahead of us; don’t be surprised if there’s big breaking news this afternoon a little after 4 p.m. eastern time.

Captain Ed agrees:

My guess is that they should do it expeditiously. Technically, the Iraqis have had him in their custody all along, but the US provided the security for his detention. If the US transfers the security responsibility to the Iraqis, it would only be for days or even hours before his execution. We would not run the risk of an escape via some infiltrator into the Iraqi security team until it became absolutely necessary.

Why wait?

UPDATE: 12:06 pm EST Saddam handed over? No. Still in U.S. custodyfor now. Execution by Saturday.

UPDATE: 10:40 pm EST Saddam hanged. Gotta see Fox’s Image.
Eyewitnesses say Saddam had fear in his eyes. People were celebrating around his body after he died.

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More at Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, Captain’s Quarters

UPDATE: 12/30 – Video (uncut).
His last words were “Long live Jihad!”

Webloggin trackbacked with: Report – About An Hour Until Judgment Time For Saddam
The Right Nation trackbacked with: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Tel-Chai Nation trackbacked with: At last! The tyrant is dead

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