Gulf War I Claimants: Frozen Out?

Twelve years ago, during the first Gulf War, Marine pilot Clifford Acree was tortured by Saddam Hussein's henchmen for 47 days. He was subjected to mock executions and systematically starved until he began eating the scabs off his own body. Along with 16 other POWs, Acree filed suit to claim compensation from Iraq's $1.7 billion in frozen assets. But they may never see the money. On March 20, President Bush confiscated Iraq's assets "to assist the Iraqi people and for the reconstruction of Iraq." Bush's order made an exception for cases in which the courts had already attached Iraqi assets, which...

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