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I'm watching the press conference on Fox news, and Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez has just confirmed that Uday and Quasay, the sons of Saddam Hussein, are now dead. He also confirmed that the information was given by a "walk-in" informant, and that it's very likely that he will be getting the $30 million dollar bounty.

I think the rewards for justice program is a great idea. While I don't know how much it costs, I'd have to imagine that the fixed costs are fairly small, and the big bountys are only paid out after the desired results have been achieved.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-07-22 15:47

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Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 by Chris:

Remember the book Bush At War, in which they described how Afghanistan's major cost was about $80 million in CIA cash? Generally paying people money is far more cost-effective than doing things yourself. Regardless of the size of the bounty, it's got to be cheap compared to what we'd have to spend to do the same thing without the money.

I wonder if this guy (or woman) would qualify for "expedited" citizenship?

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 by Alexey Smirnov:

> I wonder if this guy (or woman) would qualify for "expedited" > citizenship?

At least, this guy (or woman) can now get a green card by investing some part of this money into American economy (I don't remember exactly how much you need to invest). ;-)

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 by Tom:

Assuming it's just some random Joe off the street, I believe that the three letter agencies (CIA, FBI, etc), have a stock of green cards they can hand out to him and his family.

But don't forget, this might be someone like a Baathist who just thought the money was too good. If that's the case, we'll probably just offer to relocate him to one of the countries in the middle east or the north of Africa.

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