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This day in WND History: Dec. 19

It’s a Sony, Saddam

Dec. 19, 2000 : In “Why Iraq’s buying up Sony Playstations 2s,” WND editor Joseph Farah broke the surreal Christmas story of Saddam Hussein’s clandestine purchase of thousands of Sony Playstation 2s in order to bundle them together to form a crude supercomputer for military applications.

At the same time, a week before Christmas, one of America’s most popular gifts was almost impossible to buy, thanks to the “Butcher of Baghdad.”

“Most Americans don’t realize that each PlayStation unit contains a CPU – every bit as powerful as the processor found in most desktop and laptop computers,” said one military intelligence officer who declined to be identified.

“Beyond that, the graphics capabilities of a PlayStation are staggering – five times more powerful than that of a typical graphics workstation, and roughly 15 times more powerful than the graphics cards found in most PCs.”

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