Saddam Translator: ABC Reinterpreted Tapes

Posted: February 19, 2006 in Media

 From Newsmax. I must say, I am both surprised and unsurprised. In fact, i am more surprised that this does surprise me; I guess that I still have not achieved full cynicism, yet, which is pretty good for someone my age.

The FBI translator who supplied the 12 hours of Saddam Hussein audiotapes excerpted by ABC’s “Nightline” Wednesday night now says the network discarded his translations and went with a less threatening version of the Iraqi dictator’s comments.

“What you heard on ABC News was their translation,” former U.N. weapons inspector Bill Tierney told ABC Radio’s Sean Hannity on Thursday.

“They came up with something different on a key element regarding terrorism in the United States,” Tierney insisted.

In the “Nightline” version of the 1996 recording, Saddam predicts that Washington, D.C., would be hit by terrorists. But he adds that Iraq would have nothing to do with the attack.

Tierney says, however, that what Saddam actually said was much more sinister. “He was discussing his intent to use chemical weapons against the United States and use proxies so it could not be traced back to Iraq,” he told Hannity.

In a passage not used by “Nightline,” Tierney says Saddam declares: “Terrorism is coming. … In the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. What if we consider this technique, with smuggling?”

Tierney’s full translations are set for release this weekend by The Intelligence Group in Washington, D.C.

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