January 22, 2005 | Press Release

As Saddam Trial Resumes, FDD Reminds of Regime’s Horrors

Washington, D.C. (Jan 23, 2005):  As the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein resumes, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has placed on its website videos from inside Iraq of torture and murder ordered by Saddam Hussein.


“Television news understandably will not broadcast these videos, but they are nevertheless an important record of Saddam Hussein's crimes against humanity ,” said FDD President Clifford May.  “These images are brutal and disturbing – they are not intended for all audiences.  But for those who want to understand the evils of the Saddam regime, and especially for anyone inclined to excuse or minimize the crimes committed, these videos demonstrate that Saddam was a ruthless mass murderer and a threat to all humanity.

“When Saddam's defense attorney accuses the United States of attempting to ‘demonize' his client, it is important to set the record straight,” May added.  “Saddam committed demonic acts for years – while much of the international community turned a blind eye. History will record that Saddam was among the most brutal and evil tyrants of the Middle East.  This is something we must not forget as Iraq attempts to establish a new society, one that guarantees freedom and fundamental human rights.”

To view the tapes, click here. ***WARNING: This material is extremely graphic in nature and should not be viewed by children.  It may be necessary to turn the volume down before watching the 4 separate chapters.***