The Saddam Doubles Theories
From Brooklyn Pagan

Good Morning, Jeff,
Whoever was in that hole was a prisioner yes
BUT no person's beard grows that much in one month !
DEBKAfile is a disinformation specialist as usual.
The money was a strange touch if we stop to
think the person there was planning to leave.
Why 750k and not tenmill?
Or, were the stagers too cheap?
The real Saddam is long dead.
The prime player/double is gone with
most of the ones who would eventually
testify to his escape.
The poor creature in the hole was probably kept
in a house or hotel for 6 mos to allow the beard
to grow to that length. During which time he was
drugged, hypnotized, and programed to say what
operatives THOUGHT a captured dictator would say.
The real Saddam would never have allowed himself
to be brought down to such circumstances
Even the doubles were intelligent and could
have negotiated better.
There were most likely many doubles being prepared
for many months first by flattery by the one they
believed to be the real Saddam. Then after repeated
drugging and programming he was persuaded he was
REALLY the real Saddam.
This poor creature cannot focus or answer questions
The real Sadam would have demanded his own doctors.
I feel sorry for the human behind this puppet.
The whole thing is a sham and he is beginning to
see that -- and there is nothing he can do.
Perhaps a suicide will be arranged before
he remembers his previous life a long time ago.
PS Yesterday AM yours was the first place i could find any
info when I heard it on radio - long before any others!
Again WOW! to all of you and MERRY CHRISTMAS
and JOY to all people everywhere!
The following are earlier stories about Saddam's doubles...
Iraq: Seeing Double In Baghdad
Saddam Uses Look-Alikes To Disguise His Whereabouts
By Charles Recknagel
As U.S. President George W. Bush calls for a regime change in Baghdad, U.S. officials have said they would have few regrets if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein were to be killed by his countrymen. But any attempts to target Saddam may be complicated by the fact that the Iraqi president routinely employs look-alikes to take his place at public appearances or to disguise his true whereabouts.
Prague, 9 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer summed up the way many U.S. officials feel about Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein when he said he would be happy to see him dead.
Fleischer told a press conference in Washington on 1 October that the simplest solution to the Iraq crisis would be the assassination of Saddam Hussein. U.S. law forbids American agencies from assassinating foreign leaders, so Fleischer said he hoped the Iraqi people would take the matter into their own hands and save the U.S. the cost of a large-scale military operation:
"The cost of one bullet, if the Iraqi people take it on themselves, is substantially less than that. The cost of war is more than that. But there are many options that the president hopes the world and people of Iraq will exercise themselves of, that gets rid of the threat."
But targeting the Iraqi leader -- who is famous for the attention he pays to his own security -- is no easy task.
For one thing, Saddam is said to never sleep in the same place two nights in a row. During the 1991 Gulf War, his guards were reported to routinely arrive at dusk at the homes of ordinary Iraqi families to demand they prepare a bed for an unexpected visitor. At the last minute, Saddam himself would arrive at one of the homes to spend the night before leaving again early the next morning.
At the same time, the Iraqi leader is reported to make wide use of look-alikes to take his place at public events. The look-alikes not only fulfill some of his duties, their public appearances also hide the Iraqi leader's true whereabouts.
Falih Abdul Jabbar, a sociologist and researcher at London University in England, says the Iraqi public has long known Saddam employs look-alikes. He says the public has become adept at trying to detect which Saddam -- the real one or a stand-in -- comes to official ceremonies:
"People noticed that when the other guy, or 'the second Saddam,' was there, they could detect this very easily by looking at the bodyguards, who seemed careless, sometimes even laughing. They wouldn't do that in the presence of the real Saddam."
He continues: "Another observation by the public was that Saddam is very well-known among the Iraqis to be a camera-monger. He loves the camera and to be in close-up shots. And they notice that when the other guy, his 'spare part,' as they call him, [was there], the cameras would take faraway shots, rather than zoom in. Hence they would deduce this is not the real Saddam."
Experts say that apart from the way the bodyguards and the cameramen behave, there is often little way for the public to detect which Saddam is before them. The reason is that the doubles -- who are chosen from among men who closely look like the president -- have undergone extensive plastic surgery to further refine the resemblance. One man, Abdul-Latif, defected from Iraq in the mid-1990s after years working as a double for Saddam's son Uday. He said he fled partly to avoid undergoing yet another painful operation to make him even more closely resemble his master.
In an effort to learn more about Saddam's use of doubles, the German public television station ZDF recently asked a forensic specialist to make a scientific study of some 30 films of the Iraqi president taken from 1988 to late last month. The expert, Dieter Buhmann of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Saarland University in Homburg/Saar, found that the pictures reveal there are as many as three Saddam doubles who regularly take the president's place.
Buhmann described his work in a recent interview with RFE/RL: "I received 30 films from ZDF made during the period from 1988 to September 21 of this year, and in those films in which the picture quality was particularly good I found three doubles."
Buhmann says he found the doubles by looking for pairs of pictures in which Saddam's pose was essentially the same. Using a computer graphic program, the scientist marked each picture to highlight such features as the length and width of the head, the size of the eyelids and nostrils, and the forms of the ears and chin. By then overlaying the two pictures, he was able to calculate how closely the features matched, indicating whether the person in the pictures was the same man or not.
The forensic expert confirms that extensive cosmetic surgery has been performed to create the doubles, but that there are limits to what surgery can do:
"You can do a lot with cosmetic surgery. You can change the external form of the ear, for example, or of the earlobes -- that is possible. You can also alter the prominent features either to make them more prominent or to remove them."
He continues: "But what you cannot change is the length and width of the complete head, and that is where one detects the doubles."
Looking at the pictures, Buhmann also concluded that Saddam himself has not appeared in public since 1998 -- that is, until he finally reappeared on 21 September of this year. The expert says that means people viewing images of the Iraqi leader should be very careful about deducing anything about his health or other characteristics until they first have determined whether it is Saddam himself or a look-alike.
With at least three doubles apparently taking Saddam's place in public, it may be little wonder that there have been few assassination attempts on Saddam as he moves around the country. He is also well protected.
Top officials who have defected from Iraq say that Saddam is always surrounded by 18 bodyguards, who are extremely well paid and form a living, protective rampart around him. The guards are responsible for shielding various parts of Saddam's body should he be attacked. The tallest bodyguard is assigned to protect Saddam's head, for example.
Abbas Janabi, a former private secretary to Saddam's son Uday, has reported that Saddam's life was saved in 1983 when one of the bodyguards threw himself against Saddam's chest as the president's car was machine gunned by seven assailants. The bodyguard died. In revenge, Saddam is said to have ordered the assailants' hometown of Al-Dijil to be destroyed, with 3,000 people killed and the rest of the 60,000 inhabitants dispersed.
Whether Saddam's bodyguards would similarly protect one of the president's doubles is unknown. But with the chances of catching the real Saddam in public so low, it seems likely that any assassination of the Iraqi leader would have to come not from the Iraqi people -- as outsiders might hope -- but from within Saddam's innermost circle.
(RFE/RL's Friedemann Woelfel and Jolyon Naegele assisted with this article.)
Saddam's 'Double' Trouble
Opposition Leader Claims Hussein Died Of Cancer In 1999
World Net Daily
The Bush administration has concluded the U.S.-led "decapitation" attack failed to take out Saddam Hussein, but an Iraqi opposition leader claims a higher authority already got the job done.
Moslem al-Asadi, a doctor living in exile in Iran, said he believes the real Saddam died in 1999 from cancer.
"The real Saddam died because he had cancer of the lymph nodes, and since his death in 1999 they're just showing his doubles" he told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
In a plot reminiscent of the Hollywood tale of a body double subbing for an incapacitated American president titled "Dave," al-Asadi claims Saddam's sons, his first wife and Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz run a scheme to keep the truth under wraps using three doubles. Al-Asadi alleges Saddam's younger son, Qusay, actually holds presidential authority.
The absence of live messages by the Iraqi leader since coalition airstrikes crushed the residential compound, in which he was believed to be with his sons, has fueled speculation of his demise.
Hours after the initial attack, Saddam appeared on state-run television, wearing a beret and his reading glasses, and read from a prepared text urging Iraqis to resist the invaders and draw their swords.
"The criminal little Bush has committed a crime against humanity," Hussein said. "Let the arrogance be debased. Long live Iraq, long live jihad, long live Palestine."
Days later, Iraqi state television showed footage of him chairing meetings with top officials.
But U.S. and British intelligence suspected the footage was prerecorded prior to the attacks.
As WorldNetDaily reported, British intelligence in Cheltenham intercepted an urgent call Saturday suggesting that Saddam is still alive in a secret hideaway in Baghdad but required medical intervention the Iraqis could not provide.
"They said he was not critically injured but demanded urgent treatment because he had lost blood and could get worse. This regime wouldn't go to that trouble for anybody else - including members of his family," an official told the British daily The Sun.
Yesterday, Saddam again appeared on Iraqi television giving a speech and meeting with Qusay.
He referred to his "brave and heroic people" and referenced commanders and their locations, including the port of Umm Qasr, taken by coalition forces amid stiff Iraqi resistance.
Despite the reference to Umm Qasr, British intelligence thought the broadcast may have been prerecorded.
"We are well aware that he spent many hours recently tape-recording various messages. We have to do a little more analysis of what he was actually saying to see whether or not that in fact was Saddam Hussein," British Defense Minister Geoff Hoon told reporters.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer echoed the suspicion.
"I think there are some doubts about whether that tape is canned or whether it's fresh and based on recent events. It would not be a surprise if Saddam Hussein had some time ago put in the can numerous statements designed to be released later," he said.
But the Washington Post reported that because Hussein seemed assured and so much his old self, dressed in a military uniform, the CIA decided it didn't have to analyze the voice to confirm his identity, and senior Bush administration officials believe the message was taped after Thursday's attack.
"The voice is easy to simulate and doubles constantly study video and audio records," argued al-Asadi.
The exile maintains the footage purported to be Saddam Hussein provides the evidence to support his claim that look-alikes are all that remains of the dictator.
Specifically, he asserts Saddam had big, oval ears but one of the doubles' ears do not match Saddam's, which had a special bend. Al-Asadi also said Saddam has an overbite, but one of the doubles doesn't have such a defect. While Saddam has wide and strong shoulders, those of two doubles are narrow and almost sloping. Saddam had big hands, said al-Asadi, while one of doubles has small hands. Lastly, a second long finger of one of the doubles doesn't match that of the real thing.
Corriere della Sera reports the testimony of former doubles corroborates al-Asadi's thesis.
Longtime bodyguard Saddam Michael Ramadan in 1979 wrote in the book "In Saddam's shadow" that the Iraqi leader was so ill he was dependent on pain killers, according to the newspaper. Ramadan is reportedly now under the protection of the CIA.
The paper quotes another former bodyguard, who fled Iraq for Israel two months ago as declaring, "Saddam whom you now see, was photographed some years ago."



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