Iraqi Intelligence: 'Tell the world what happened here'
Symbol of terror: the gallows at the Abu Ghraib prison, 20 miles outside Baghdad
Like the Nazis and all good totalitarians, Saddam‚Äôs Baathist henchmen kept records. Last week, at the Baghdad headquarters of the Mukhabarat, the secret police, an Iraqi man went up to photographers from NEWSWEEK and the Los Angeles Times carrying a bulging, grimy white rice sack. ‚ÄúTell the world what happened here,‚ÄĚ he said. Inside were more than 200 cassette tapes, videos and passports, photographs and negatives, CDs and floppy disks, as well as a fat binder thick with documents addressed TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE IRAQI INTELLIGENCE SERVICE.
The contents of the bag from the Mukhabarat do not reveal any smoking guns‚ÄĒno assassination plots against President George W. Bush or links to Al Qaeda or hidden locations of chemical or biological weapons. But the tapes and documents, as well as other Baath Party papers now coming to light, do offer fascinating evidence of the ways Saddam ruled by...