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Saddam dead?ClydeTri
Mar 20, 2003 9:04 AM
CBS: 'Senior Officials' Think Saddam May Not Have Survived
Thu Mar 20 2003 10:33:00 ET

"I am being told by several senior officials not to take that taped speech Saddam gave last night as proof that he survived the attack," CBS NEWS reporter David Martin said on air.

"They say the evidence that put him in the bunker last night was very reliable, and they are confident that the cruise missiles and bunker-busting bombs that were fired at that bunker last night hit the target. So now, intelligence experts are studying the tape to determine if it is really Saddam, or a body double which he is known to use from time to time. And they are running a computerized voice analysis, comparing that speech with known recordings of Saddam's voice. But that's a process that takes awhile. So we may not have a quick answer."

"There is considerable belief in this government that they may, in fact, have gotten Saddam."

that would be nice, butgtx
Mar 20, 2003 9:10 AM
I suspect this is going to be reminiscent of the hunt for Bin Laden or Noriega. I.e., long, somewhat embarrassing and possibly inconclusive.
Wouldn't you expect a quick...Dwayne Barry
Mar 20, 2003 9:41 AM
surrender by whoever took over if Saddam was actually dead?
Mar 20, 2003 10:25 AM
His 2 sons are more ruthless than he is, and they run most of the government. One is in charge of Rebuplican Guard.
One son built a torture chamber with like 30 rooms, and tortures athletes that dont perform well. Sad.
These guys have to go...
Just heard an "expert" on...Dwayne Barry
Mar 20, 2003 11:34 AM
NPR say he thinks we may very well have gotten Saddam and some of his top people.

He based this on, not only the reports that that may have been a double who gave the speech, but that the air strikes should have been a lot bigger than this by now.
He thinks that US has changed it's plans and is waiting for things to possibly shake-out in Baghdad.
Just heard an "expert" on...Alpedhuez55
Mar 20, 2003 12:28 PM
Thanks for the report. I heard one expert on ABC Radio who said they think the communications between have leadership & Military has been "cut off." I guess they may be acting on standing orders. THe reports are fuzzy at best, like the fack they were calling the missles scuds all morning. That is to be expected though. My reception at the office is not too good so I am more or less stuck with ABC news.

Mike Y.
Just heard an "expert" on...Jon Billheimer
Mar 20, 2003 12:34 PM
I just listened to Janet Stein from the Monk Centre on International Studies at the U. of T. Her take on the reduced level of strikes initially is that this is being done possibly to give any dissident elements within the Republican Guard or the Iraqi leadership an opportunity to organize a coup. Who knows?