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U.S. Censors Portions Of Saddam Hussein Hearing

HeadlineJul 06, 2004

The US military censored major portions of Saddam Hussein’s hearing last week. The military ordered camera crews not to record the audio of the proceedings. They ordered stations not to broadcast images of Saddam being led into the courtroom in handcuffs. And the military edited out portions of the proceedings when it released the audio to news outlets.   According to Robert Fisk of the London Independent, the US cut out Saddam saying “this is theatre—Bush is the real criminal.”  Unedited audio of most of the proceedings made it out only because news crews pretended not to be recording under US orders. One U.S. television crew member said of the U.S. military officials “They were running the show. The Americans decided what the world could and could not see of this trial—and it was meant to be an Iraqi trial.”

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