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June 2003   John Leboutillier
Speicher, Saddam & WMD: Together? By John LeBoutilier


By: John LeBoutillier

It's now two months since the war in Iraq ended and yet we have made almost no progress on three crucial unresolved issues:

1) Where are Saddam and his two murderous sons?

2) Where is 1991 Gulf War Navy Commander Michael Scott Speicher - long reported by credible intelligence sources to be alive and under the 'personal' control of Uday Hussein? 3) Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that precipitated that war in the first place?

Is it possible that all of them - Saddam and sons, Speicher and barrels/vials of the most potent WMD - are together somewhere?

Could the treacherous Saddam have grabbed Speicher from his last underground prison cell and taken him with him during his own 'escape from Baghdad'?

In other words, poor Speicher is Saddam & Sons' insurance policy against any direct attacks on their location or attempts to seize them.

Here is a so-far unreported clue: for thirty years Saddam has 'adopted' young male orphans throughout Iraq and raised them to become loyal sycophants. All of his personal bodyguards were thus raised and recruited. They were always fanatically loyal to Saddam - and only to Saddam. He rewarded them with Mercedes, with legal immunity for many crimes and with tons of cash.

These 'bodyguards' were more powerful than most of the 55 Iraqi leaders on the deck of cards because they controlled access to their Great Leader.

In the two months since the war ended, we have not heard of one of these bodyguards being captured. Not one.

Where are they? Certainly if they are roaming around Baghdad some citizens would finger them to US troops for capture.

Is it possible they aren't around because they have escaped with their 'father' - Saddam - his two sons, Speicher as insurance, tons of ill-gotten cash and gold and the most potent WMD - all for protection and insurance?

Another tantalizing clue: US forces are not finding any evidence of bodies buried at either site bombed when we thought we caught Saddam by surprise - once on the first night of the war and the other in early April. In fact, the US Army Colonel in charge of 'digging up' remains at the site of the first bombing said most bombs missed their targets.And there never was the long-rumored 'underground command bunker' we had been told of.

In fact, where are all these underground palaces we hadheard of? Have you seen even one on television? Have our media been denied access - or do they simply not exist?

Two months; no news on Saddam & Sons, Speicher and WMD.

Maybe they're all dead and buried.

Or maybe - just maybe - they're all together in hiding some place.

In that case, why can't our highly vaunted, $60 billion per year intelligence operation find them?

John LeBoutillier is a former U.S. Congressman and a nationally recognized political commentator. He has been a frequent guest on many national talk show programs and is author of the book Harvard Hates America. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

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Published in the June 3, 2003 issue of Ether Zone. Copyright 1997 - 2003 Ether Zone.