December 22, 2005

The Saddam Trial

From the Washington Post:

Hussein Claims Abuse at Hands of U.S. Captors
Witnesses at Trial Describe 1982 Killings and Torture

By Jonathan Finer
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, December 22, 2005; 7:12 AM

BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 -- Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants Thursday restated accusations that they were physically abused in U.S. custody, called American denials of the beatings "lies," and accused the court of undermining its legitimacy by preventing outbursts from the defense from being aired on television.

During a raucous session of the trial for crimes against humanity, a pair of witnesses shrouded by curtains to conceal their identities testified about killings and torture inflicted upon the people of Dujail, a town north of Baghdad where more than 140 people were allegedly killed after a failed assassination attempt on Hussein in 1982.

Notice how the headline reads "Hussein Claims Abuse at Hands of U.S. Captors" while the subheadline reads "Witnesses at Trial Describe 1982 Killings and Torture"? Shouldn't the headline be about the testimony concerning the 1982 killings and torture? Why focus on the rants of Saddam Hussein?
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