It seems that America is not really trying to bring our idea of freedom to Iraq. In the United States (at least as I type this) even child molestors get to face the youngest accusers in court. But in Iraq, witnesses have the luxury of voice disguises and screens to.
As reported by the Associated Press,
The measures taken to preserve the first witness’ anonymity complicated the testimony. At first, defense attorneys complained they could not hear her because of the voice distortion. The judge then ordered the voice modulator shut off, but then the audience could not hear at all, so Amin ordered a recess, and the modulator was fixed, allowing all to hear.
Here in the states, our right to face our accuser is protected by Amendment VI. In Iraq
Witnesses have the option of not having their identities revealed as a security measure to protect them against reprisals by Saddam loyalists.
I am not suggesting that I view Saddam as anything but a monster- after all, many atrocities were commited in public view. This is supposed to be a trial though, and the fundamentals of a fair hearing include the right of the defendant to meet his accuser.