Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Iraq: Military Intelligence?

The Washington Post reports that before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Iraq Operations Group considered making a fake sex tape that showed Saddam Hussein having sex with a teenage boy.
According to two former CIA spooks who worked on the project, it was believed that this would discredit Hussein among the people of Iraq.
“It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” one of them told the Post. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.”
Eventually the plan was abandoned when someone pointed out a major flaw.
“Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East - nobody cares,” according to one former CIA official. “Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”

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