14 East 79th Street

Celebrities, Upper East Side

14 (left) and 12 East 79th Street

Opulent Upper East Side mansions are not exactly what come to mind when one thinks of brutal dictatorships and torture chambers, but a piece in the Post reveals that Saddam Hussein kept a hidden detention room in the basement of the Mission of Iraq at 14 East 79th Street–just a block from Central Park and right across the street from former Mayor Bloomberg’s home. Two Iraqi officials, who spoke anonymously, told the paper that when Hussein rose to power in 1979, he had the prison room installed so that his military intelligence officers (the Mukhabarat) could torture local Iraqis, “using them as leverage to get their relatives back in the homeland to surrender and cooperate with the tyrannical government.”

It gets worse…


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