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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A candidate letter for Union fact checking?

Donna Cobb wants to know Where is the truth?, in March 16, 2005 Letters to the Editor.

Well I can tell you, her letter has some major problems with the truth.
According to a recent United Press International report, a U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says the public version of the capture was staged. According to him, Saddam was actually captured Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army. They captured him after fierce resistance, he said, Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then they shouted at him in Arabic: "You have to surrender. ... There is no point in resisting."

"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," he said. This was shown over and over as fact on most news programs. When will the supporters of Bush wake up and smell the lies?

First, the Pentagon flatly denys the report claiming the U.S. military fabricated the details of how the deposed Iraqi dictator was captured, allegedly staging the "spider hole" scenario. Why would an abandond well have a flat floor and an exhaust fan?

Second, this story was first reported in a Saudi Arabian newspaper who interviewed “a former U.S. Marine,” now living in Lebanon. According to Marine Capt. Gabrielle Chapin at the Pentagon, as quoted in WorldNetDaily, "We do not have anyone [ Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh] in the system by the name reported."

So, this non-story, which is circulating in the lefty web sites and blogs, including a Democratic newsletter, is not true. Maybe this is one of the letters that the Union Editor should have applied his truth checker, and send it back for a re-write.

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