October 27, 1992 |
The Bush Administration approved export licenses for computers and software that helped design Iraq's notorious supergun and a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and other Middle East countries, according to documents and congressional investigators. The export license for the computers was granted in the fall of 1989 to a Maryland company controlled by artillery wizard Gerald Bull, who was assassinated six months later outside his apartment in Belgium.
November 22, 1992 |
Saddam Hussein's most-prized weapon lay concealed on a mountaintop in northern Iraq, where it was not discovered until well after the Persian Gulf War. The 165-foot-long cannon, capable of firing projectiles armed with nuclear devices and lethal chemicals at targets more than 100 miles away, had been tested and was nearly operational. The cannon was one of several "super-guns" that Hussein planned to acquire as part of his ill-fated drive toward military dominance in the Persian Gulf.
May 26, 1996 |
Full of real-life mystery and shady government dealings, this 1994 HBO production revolves around Canadian arms designer and dealer Gerald Bull, who was assassinated in 1990 while building a "super gun" for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Had it been completed, the gun, with its nearly 200-yard-long barrel, would have been the largest weapon of its kind. Frank Langella (pictured) is transfixing as the naive, single-minded Bull.
April 8, 1999 |
Set against the murky backdrop of arms research, espionage and military strategy, an inquiry into the murder of a weapons engineer poses chilling moral dilemmas in the West Coast premiere of promising Canadian playwright Jason Sherman's "Three in the Back, Two in the Head."
July 23, 1994 |
Full of real-life mystery, intrigue and shady government dealings, HBO's "Doomsday Gun" is the type of intricately woven thriller that demands the viewer's undivided attention. This politically trenchant film revolves around Canadian arms designer and dealer Gerald Bull, who was assassinated in 1990 while building a "super gun" for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
January 23, 1993 |
The chairman of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee asked President Clinton on Friday to provide the panel with documents withheld by the George Bush Administration concerning illegal U.S. loans to Iraq. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.) had spearheaded congressional attacks on the Bush Administration's support of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein before the Persian Gulf War.