For the Bush Administration, there may be one media opportunity left. Does "The Trial of Saddam Hussein" sound out of the question?You'd think that the White House and its Iraqi allies would be trying to speed up the tribunal process like mad, but, on this subject, it's all eerily quiet on the right-wing front. Not only that, the Bush Team is even letting Saddam Hussein's lawyers score a point:
While Iraq's War Crimes Tribunal process -- created by the Coalition Provisional Authority in December -- is still in its nascent stages, the U.S. is looking to hasten it along. The main goal of the Iraqi-run tribunals is to put Saddam and his top associates on trial, but according to a Washington Post editorial, the Iraqis still "need rules of procedure and evidence, forensic experts to examine witnesses and mass graves, training for judges and access to Baath Party archives [and] none of these appear to be materializing quickly." ("The Spinning Grounds," April 14, 2004)
- Saddam Hussein's attorneys are concerned about his welfare after seeing how some Iraqi prisoners were being treated by their U.S. guards, one of the lawyers said Monday.
``We are deeply concerned and worried about his security, how is he treated and how is he living,'' Mohammad Rashdan told The Associated Press. ``We are very worried.'' (Shafika Mattar, "Lawyer Worries for Saddam's Welfare," May 10, 2004)
- Saddam Hussein's defense lawyers said Monday they had received no response from the U.S. administration in Iraq and the International Committee of the Red Cross to repeated requests to see their client.
Lawyers representing the ousted leader also said they were ready to represent Iraqi prisoners abused by U.S. and British soldiers, whose pictures angered people around the world. (Dina Al Wakeel, "Saddam Lawyer Says Access to Client Denied," May 10, 2004)