September 27, 2002
Noise to Signal

The disturbing part about the German ZDF report -- that Saddam Hussein has employed a cadre of doppelgangers since the early 90s -- has to do with a personal experience working the news during the Gulf War.

It was a quick video still of Hussein in his bunker, two days after the USAF had declared that it was extremely likely that he'd been killed in the last round of bombing. Since it was the latest photo of a living Hussein, it was news, and it was my job to prepare the still for air, on a Quantel Paintbox. I had to scrutinize the image carefully and come in real close on the pixels.

We were all working long hours back then, so when I yelled into the squawkbox, "that's not Hussein," the director of this national news show yelled "what the fuck are you talking about?"

I yelled: that doesn't look like it's Saddam Hussein. The face isn't quite right.

He yelled back: then fucking fix it.

Find another reference, cut and paste, color balance, add noise: I fixed it. Add noise.

Posted by at September 27, 2002 04:44 PM

all you had to do was look at his ears. they are the fingerprints of the face. that's how the CIA could tell a fake stalin or mao or whomever from a real one. i think i read it in 'the commisar vanishes'.

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