It was December 2003 when President George W. Bush ordered an attack to seize Iraq so as to depose and remove the ruthless President Saddam Hussein. The callous dictator, Saddam, had been running the country since 1979.
He had been at the helm of a number of crimes against humanity, which forced the US to declare hanging him till death. But before his death, one CIA operative got the chance to interview and grill him.
Here’s how that operative describes the interrogation of the terrifying Saddam Hussein.
Saddam Hussein, the ruthless dictator of Iraq.
Saddam Hussein became the most wanted man of that time.
Under his presidency, he suppressed multiple attacks against his regime.
He ruled with an iron fist. He was a terrifying leader, and many of his actions were illustrated in the HBO series “House of Saddam.”
Then in 2003, the U.S. led coalition planned action against Iraq.
The coalition including British forces and the U.S. decided to declare war on Iraq in April 2003.
Upon the invasion, Saddam went into hiding.
The picture tells that the statue of Hussein was pulled down by the local citizens.
The city was falling but Saddam Hussein was nowhere to be found.
To capture the dictator, an extensive search was launched. And the place where he was found was unthinkable.
The search team reached a small hole under a farmhouse in Adwar and found someone was hiding inside.
None other than Saddam Hussein was hiding in that hole. He was sporting a full-grown beard and was almost unrecognizable. He finally got captured.
To recognize the man, CIA agent and analyst John Nixon was called.
John Nixon worked at the CIA for five years prior to being called into action in Iraq. He was studying about Saddam from quite long and got the chance to interrogate him upon his capture.
“There was no doubt in my mind as soon as I saw him.” Nixon recognized that the man sitting on the chair was the real Saddam.
He found him charismatic and started asking questions to him
Whatever Nixon asked Hussein, he answered back in question to him.
Saddam had a hot temper and became paranoid when he was asked questions. But somehow Nixon continued asking him the questions.
Saddam was also questioned about weapons of mass destruction.
To which he replied, “Iraq is not a terrorist nation. We did not have a relationship with (Osama) bin Laden, and did not have weapons of mass destruction… and were not a threat to our neighbours. But the American President [George W Bush] said Iraq wanted to attack his daddy and said we had weapons of mass destruction.”
And Saddam could finally convince his countrymen that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.