Ed Driscoll


TIME MAGAZINE REPORTS ON an “Iron Maiden Found in Uday Hussein’s Playground“, writing:

In his capacity as head of Iraq’s Olympic committee and also of its soccer federation, he is known to have ordered the torture of athletes who performed below his expectations.

A bad day on the field for a player on the national soccer squad could result in savage retribution: Players had their feet scalded and toenails ripped off for failing to win tournaments. Allegations of torture had even resulted in investigations by international sports governing bodies, most notably soccer’s FIFA, but these had failed to produce conclusive evidence