SCRIPT: Saddam's Secret Tapes 2/15/06

HUSSEIN KAMEL

As for the nuclear, sir, we say we have disclosed everything. But no. We have not declared problems in nuclear, as well.

BRIAN ROSS

Saddam and his aides debate whether to come clean.

HUSSEIN KAMEL

Sir, I go back to the question of whether we should reveal everything or continue to be silent. Sir, since the meeting has taken this direction, I would say it is in our interest not to reveal.

CHARLES DUELFER, FORMER WEAPONS INSPECTOR

The inspectors persisted. And this became a pattern of, you know, cheat and retreat, reveal a little, get a little.

BRIAN ROSS

Charles Duelfer was in charge of the US search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction after the war. Duelfer says the tapes show Saddam's fascination with such weapons and his extensive deceit but offer no new proof of whether such weapons are still hidden in Iraq.

CHARLES DUELFER

No, they do not. What they do is support the conclusion in the report which we made in the last couple years, that the regime had the intention of building and rebuilding weapons of mass destruction when circumstances permitted.

BRIAN ROSS

In fact, Saddam's aides can be heard on the tape, telling him they stand ready to resume work.

AIDE

No matter how much time passes, the factories are in our minds. The factories are there. As for time, it's not on their side. They cannot break our will, which gets stronger day after day. We are ready, sir, at your disposal. If you say resume activity in any specific area, we're here and prepared.

BRIAN ROSS

Saddam praises the efforts, saying it's important to keep the intellectual know-how alive.

SADDAM HUSSEIN

With God's help, they will lose. They will lose the most-important thing. They lost the spiritual and human aspects. And God willing, you will win everything.

REPRESENTATIVE PETE HOEKSTRA, R-MI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

It appears they are authentic. From reading some of the transcripts and those types of things, you would think that it's pretty likely there were WMD's that were hidden or moved out of the country.

BRIAN ROSS

Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

REPRESENTATIVE PETE HOEKSTRA

There are 35,000 more boxes of documents and tapes maybe very similar to what we've been looking at, that have never been translated, that have never been gone through.

BRIAN ROSS

Many of Saddam's recent public appearances in court show him ranting and raving. And before he was deposed, he cultivated a reputation as a feared tyrant. Yet, in these tapes, he's deferential to some of his aides and often seems to be the one seeking a calm and measured approach.

SADDAM HUSSEIN

We have become more aware and more capable in our vision and in our faith.

BRIAN ROSS

Bill Tierney says he plans to make public all 12 hours of the Saddam tapes at a non-governmental meeting called the Intelligence Summit this weekend in Washington. It's run by a former federal prosecutor, John Loftus.

JOHN LOFTUS, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR

This is a tape that is unclassified and available to the public. We just want to have it translated and let the tape speak for itself.

BRIAN ROSS

And these tapes will only serve to fuel the continuing debate about Saddam's true intentions and whether he, in fact, did hide weapons of mass destruction. There's enough in these tapes to help both sides bolster their arguments.

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