The Challenges of Bringing Saddam Hussein to Justice

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A skeptical world is waiting for what could be the most important event in the history of human rights since the Nazis were tried at Nuremberg. President Bush wants the death penalty, but Saddam Hussein has not yet been convicted and his trial won't be easy. Is there persuasive evidence to connect him to 30 years of unspeakable crimes? Are Iraqi courts up to the challenge? Will US involvement cast doubt on the fairness and legitimacy of the proceedings? Will Saddam be able to use the event to embarrass former supporters, including America? We ask those and other questions of experts in international law and foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University, the Institute for Policy Studies, the American Enterprise Institute, and a former State Department official who was instrumental in bringing the leaders of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda to justice.
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Padilla v Rumsfeld

Novack's article on Attorney General's easing of prosecution of suspected terrorists

USA Patriot Act of 2001

President Bush on capture of Saddam Hussein

International Court of Justice

Iraqi Governing Council

Iraq Memory Foundation

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on capture of Saddam Hussein

Leduff's article on dangers of border crossing

US Border Patrol



Warren Olney