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Iraq / Saddam Capture / Resistance / Debt / Interrogation #744156

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s declaration that he would prefer the death penalty for former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted.

(Baghdad: Tom Aspell) A surge of violence in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle following Saddam’s capture featured; scenes shown of pro-Saddam demonstrations & violence in Mosul, Tikrit, Baiji & Ramadi, where American troops opened fire on the crowd, and from Fallujah & Samarra. [From “Today,” Deputy Secretary of State Richard ARMITAGE†- suspects the Sunnis’ morale is down.] [In Iraq, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS††- says the opposition is on the wrong team.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) International anger over the US policy banning some countries from bidding on reconstruction projects in Iraq even as special envoy James Baker works to negotiate a reduction in Iraq’s foreign debt featured; scenes shown of Baker with French President Jacques Chirac and with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. [BAKER – says we want to reduce the oppressive debt burden on the Iraqi people.] [Foreign policy analyst Philip GORDON†- comments on conflicting US policies.] [French ambassador to the US Jean-David LEVITTE†- criticizes the US policy.] [BUSH – comments on relations with France & Germany.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – defends the US policy.] [Senator Joseph BIDEN†- comments on Baker’s mission.] Russia’s insistence that Iraq repay its debt out of future oil revenues noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The case against Saddam for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity examined; specific examples cited. [Iraqi human rights activist Kanan MAKIYA††- comments on evidence contained in government documents he brought out of Baghdad.] [Iraqi Governing Council member Dr. Mowaffak al-RUBAIE†- says he saw no signs of remorse {in Saddam}.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Brian Williams) The interrogation of Saddam featured; details given about interrogation techniques. [George Washington University Professor Jerrold POST†- says a coercive breaking will lead to nothing but defiance.] [NBC analyst retired Gen. Wayne DOWNING††- criticizes the decision for US & Iraqi Governing Council officials to meet with Saddam.] [University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor John PARRY†- says if Saddam wishes not to answer, that’s the end.] [RUMSFELD – says it is important for the public to see Saddam as a captive.] The International Red Cross’s request to visit Saddam to ensure he is being treated humanely noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Aspell, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Williams, Pete;
Williams, Brian

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