Not widely reported by the media. This alone would be enough for me to want to wage war on Iraq. Forget all the other reasons. A man who would do this had to be deposed. http://www.aim.org/media_monitor/A366_0_2_0_C Prisons For Children Discovered in Baghdad By Notra Trulock | April 24, 2003 Children have been routinely and repeatedly arrested to force their parents to confess to crimes against the regime. On April 8, the French news service AFP reported that U.S. Marines had liberated a children's prison in Northeast Baghdad. The report said that 100 to 150 children poured out of the unlocked prison gates and swarmed around their Marine liberators. A Marine officer told an AFP embedded reporter that the children looked undernourished and were wearing threadbare clothing. Ironically, these children may have been the lucky ones. Over the past decade, international organizations like Human Rights Watch, have repeatedly reported on the imprisonment, torture, and execution of children by the Saddam Hussein regime. Children have been among the nearly 300,000 persons who have "disappeared" in Iraq since the later 1970s. Children have been routinely and repeatedly arrested to force their parents to confess to crimes against the regime. For example, a March Boston Globe story detailed the interrogation of a former Iraqi secret police thug who had specialized in torture. The thug admitted torturing children as young as five or six to "get their mothers talking." He claimed that Iraqi torturers never killed the children, just "beat them with steel cables." But he was contradicted by a BBC story in which another former regime torturer said it was common to kill children if their parents wouldn't talk.