- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) — Saddam Hussein told aides in the mid-1990s that he had warned the United States that it could be hit by a terrorist attack, ABC News reported yesterday, citing 12 hours of tapes the network obtained of the former Iraqi dictator’s talks with his Cabinet.

One of Saddam’s son-in-laws also explained how Iraq hid its biological-weapons programs from inspectors of the United Nations, according to the tapes from August 1995.

The terrorist attack, Saddam predicted in the talks, could involve weapons of mass destruction.

“Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans,” Saddam is heard saying, apparently referring to a period before the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

“In the future, what would prevent a booby-trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?” Saddam said, although he added that such an attack would “not [come] from Iraq.”

The State Department had no comment on the report. ABC News said U.S. officials confirmed the tapes were authentic. ABC News said that the CIA found the tapes in Iraq and that the network was provided 12 hours worth of material by Bill Tierney, a former member of a U.N. inspection team who was translating the tapes for the FBI.

Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is heard telling Saddam that “the biological [attack] is very easy to make. It’s so simple that any biologist can make a bottle of germs and drop it into a water tower and kill 100,000.”

“This is not done by a state. No need to accuse a state. An individual can do it,” he said.

Hussein Kamel, a son-in-law of Saddam’s who was in charge of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction efforts, explained how Iraq held back information from the U.N. inspectors.

“We did not reveal all that we have,” he said. “We did not reveal the volume of chemical weapons we had produced.”

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