Two former Iraqi officials have come forward to reveal that Saddam Hussein had a secret torture chamber inside the Mission of Iraq. The Mission of Iraq is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and only a short walk away from Central Park.
The Iraqi officials, who came forward only on the condition of anonymity, stated that there was a “detention” room in the basement of the building where his Henchmen, known as Mukhabarat agents, would imprison local Iraqi’s and torture them for up to 15 days at a time.
The Mukhabarat agents would use wooden planks, copper wires, and rubber hoses to torture the Iraqis before either killing them or sending them back to Iraq. Once a prisoner was brought into the room there was no coming out. The Iraqi officials told the New York Post:
“It was a dark room. The doors were reinforced in a way that nobody could break in or out. You didn’t need to soundproof it, You’re not going to hear someone screaming down there.”
The victims would be brought in to be tortured, sometimes on phony charges, and their lifeless bodies were shipped back to Iraq in unmarked customs-exempt boxes to erase any evidence. Many of the victims were accused of being “enemies of the regime.” Other victims were simply relatives of the alleged “enemies of the regime.”
The torture chamber was reportedly disassembled and turned into a $120,000 Kitchenette in 2014, years after Hussein was executed.