This posting is not about whether Saddam Husain was or was not a dictator. It is not about whether his police force used torture or not. It is about the US government manipulating the US media to spread lies and fabricated stories to convince the world that he was what they claimed, a dictator and his police force use torture!!!
On July 21, 2003, nearly three months after the fall of Baghdad, the Washington Post published the following article “A Lone Woman Testifies To Iraq's Order of Terror”. It was copied and republished by hundreds of newspapers across the US.
In his article Peter Finn told the story of Iraqi Christian women named Jumana Michael Hanna who claimed that she was arrested, tortured, raped and beaten by police at the Iraqi police academy. She “identified” to the American occupying authorities the people “responsible” for her ordeal.
Bernard B. Kerik, the senior policy adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and former police commissioner in New York City was quoted as saying "This is the first case where someone has given us information that appears to be credible and that we can corroborate and act on. A lot of Iraqi women will see that we are serious. This is an event that will lead to closure for a lot of people -- and justice." Dennis Henley, the American director of reconstruction at the police academy said “We'll nail the bastards,"
Jummana “Hanna became a potent symbol of Iraqi liberation, and the Bush administration brought Jummana and her children to the United States for their protection.” “US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz testified about her before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Her courage in coming forward to offer U.S. officials what is very likely credible information," he said, would help the coalition "root out" Baathist killers.”
She was such a valuable assists to the US government propaganda war that they wanted her story to be told to the world. A ghost writer, Sara Slovitch, was hired to write her memoir. Sara is not trained crime investigator or anything like that but she had the common sense to put two and two together. This is how prefaced her article:
“In all of Iraq, Jumana Hanna was the bravest witness to the horror of Saddam's regime, telling the Americans of torture, rape, and mass murder. In Washington, Hanna became a potent symbol of Iraqi liberation, and the Bush administration brought Hanna and her children to the United States for their protection. Then the author discovered the really horrible truth.”
The “really horrible truth” is that the above Washington Post is a lie. Furthermore Jummana told Sara so many other obvious lies that instead of writing a book about the “symbol of Iraqi liberation” she wrote this article “The American Dream” in Esquire magazine exposing all the lies told by this lady who was arrested in Iraq “on charges of prostitution”.
After reading the Esquire article I had exchanged few messages with Sara Slovitch. I also wrote to the Washington Post ombudsman telling him that based on the Esquire article regrettably his paper look more like the Washington Pravda!!! Towing the line of the US government, and spreading lies.
To its credit the Washington Post revisited the story again. It published a follow-up article “Threads Unravel in Iraqi's Tale” by the same journalist, Peter Finn, exposing more lies about America’s “symbol of Iraqi liberation”
I want to tell Dennis Henley, the American director of reconstruction at the police academy and his government Yes we nailed you bastards lying !!!