Human Rights Report: Iraq Now A “Budding Police State”

Remember our plans to introduce a free and democratic nation in Iraq? We have been following the rampant corruption and increasing use of Sharia law in the country. Now, the Human Rights Watch has issued a report that our billions of dollars and many lives were spent to achieve . . . “a budding police state” where torture and abuse is widespread. In the meantime, we have spent ten years cutting back on essential services and programs in the United States to fund this shining example of American intervention.

“Iraq is quickly slipping back into authoritarianism,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for the New York-based group has warned that “Despite U.S. government assurances that it helped create a stable democracy (in Iraq), the reality is that it left behind a budding police state.” This includes the torture or abuse of dissidents, journalists, and activists. It also included secret detention centers where people are tortured or simply disappear without access to the courts. Of course, we were accused of the same practices so they may have learned too well from the mentors in the creation of democratic free society. It appears that they have mistaken American exceptionalism to Iraqi exceptionalism.

Source: Washington Post

25 thoughts on “Human Rights Report: Iraq Now A “Budding Police State””

  1. The Bush administration operated under what I call the Spud Doctrine, a belief that democratic institutions can be packed, shipped and distributed about the globe like so many surplus potatoes. The only surprise is that any credible person believed that a return to despotism would not be the result of our efforts. Iraq was an artificial construct. It has been and remains my view that partition will ultimately split the country into independent Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions.

  2. Posted by Art Brennan {on Common Dreams

    (I looked him up and there is a lengthy detailed discussion of this info.)
    Jan 23 2012 – 1:17pm
    I am a retired judge and served as director of the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) in the US Embassy, Baghdad, in the summer of 2007. Our job was to assist the Iraqi watchdog agencies, FBI, GAO and IG (US equivalents), in auditing, investigating and fighting corruption. Within a few days of my arrival in Baghdad it became apparent to me that neither Malki nor the US State Department had any real interest in stopping the murderous corruption at the highest levels of the Government of Iraq. My OAT team confronted Ambassador Crocker about supporting thieves in the Iraqi government while the few honest Iraqi leaders were being abandoned. We issued an 80 page report on corruption in the 33 Iraqi ministries and the report was retroactively classified by the State Department to prevent the people of the US from knowing what a disaster the Maliki government was. While the Iraqi FBI (Commission for Public Integrity (CPI) was investigating the theft of $18 billion by the Iraqi “leaders,” Maliki was issuing orders for the Iraqi FBI to stop the investigations. 31 of the FBI employees were assassinated and 12 of their family members murdered. I testified about the corruption I witnessed to the House and Senate oversight committees. So did the OAT chief of staff. The Democrats at that time (2008) supported our work and seemed determined to do something about it. But when Obama took office, nothing changed, nobody did anything about the evidence we provided. The only thing that changed was that we were blacklisted by the US State Department…”

  3. How many years have we been operating quite well in “budding police states”?
    I’d say, since 1776.
    Motive? Simple, leave it to a dictator, and it gets done. Leave it to a democracy, and you never know what you get—-unless you’ve got them by the economic testicles; which in many cases we do.
    Further, I will ask the guy who listed our wars, if any of them were other than empire builders.
    And I would like someone to be specific and tell us which Caribbean/CA or SE Asian war has been “democracy building”. At least Nam wasn’t; if you believe the Pentagon Papers, their own study of it since post WWII.

  4. RAfflw –“Is anyone surprised after all of these years entangled in Iraq, that when we left it would spiral into sectarian violence? The only way we kept it somewhat under control was through military force.”

    It’s deja vu all over again — US ends long, awkward, soul-destroying and country-bankrupting, military intervention and its killing-fields time!

  5. Bush and cronies should be in Guantanamo getting water boarded with indefinite detention.

  6. The photo is of our prisoner. There is a saying at the kennel which I stay at when the humanoids go off on vacation and the help comment on places like Iraq and New York: “Ya cant change an idjut.”

  7. “Despite U.S. government assurances that it helped create a stable democracy (in Iraq), the reality is that it left behind a budding police state.” … but the oil is safe, right?

  8. Is anyone surprised after all of these years entangled in Iraq, that when we left it would spiral into sectarian violence? The only way we kept it somewhat under control was through military force. I am more worried about another “mistake” in Iran.

  9. Ah….Ha…..

    Grasshopper….You learn quickly…..You needed very little education…..

  10. S.M.,

    We don’t have to wait for those mean old Republicans to go to war with Iran. We’re doing that right now under Bush III. We are spreading American democracy everywhere!!!

  11. America — winning hearts and minds, one targeted assassination at a time.

    Monday, Jan 23, 2012

    Western justice and transparency

    By Glenn Greenwald


    “On Saturday in Somalia, the U.S. fired missiles from a drone and killed the 27-year-old Lebanon-born, ex-British citizen Bilal el-Berjawi. His wife had given birth 24 hours earlier and the speculation is that the U.S. located him when his wife called to give him the news. Roughly one year ago, El-Berjawi was stripped of his British citizenship, obtained when his family moved to that country when he was an infant, through the use of a 2006 British anti-Terrorism law — passed after the London subway bombing — that the current government is using with increasing frequency to strip alleged Terrorists with dual nationality of their British citizenship (while providing no explanation for that act). El-Berjawi’s family vehemently denies that he is involved with Terrorism, but he was never able to appeal the decree against him for this reason:

    Berjawi is understood to have sought to appeal against the order, but lawyers representing his family were unable to take instructions from him amid concerns that any telephone contact could precipitate a drone attack.

    Obviously, those concerns were valid. So first the U.S. tries to assassinate people, then it causes legal rulings against them to be issued because the individuals, fearing for their life, are unable to defend themselves.

    Meanwhile, no explanation or evidence is provided for either the adverse government act or the assassination: it is simply secretly decreed and thus shall it be.” (end excerpt)

  12. The U.S. is “a budding police state” as well. Some just don’t realize it yet.

  13. The PNAC plan has been a success! Credible reports from the beginning of Bush II showed they desired to destroy Iraq’s culture and build it up in the US’s image. They have done so. In the process of creating the perfect, god ordained vision of a capitalist society, they have destroyed both the US and Iraq. It is now the job of Bush III, the neoliberals and their supporters to make certain to spread god’s chosen form of “democracy”/capitalism to the world. They seem also to be rather successful at the task. What is a few million people’s death when such a glorious task is at hand?

  14. Huh, just how does the Human Rights Watch describe the US? The same? It probably should.

  15. Unfortunately, this should be a surprise to no one. The development of a open democratic state, with respect for the rule of law is a long, tortuous process that cannot be simply imposed via a military intervention. (Just look at multiple countries in the Caribbean and south Asia that the US has attempted the same process). Nor is achieving of such a state the end of the process, our own ongoing erosion of civil liberties and rule of law in the US is quite familiar to the readers of this blog.

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