Bush's Surge Cripples Iraq's Detention System
Here’s another example of the administration’s “we plan for nuthin’” management style. You would think that before we embark on a surge that rounds up thousands of young Iraqis, we would know what to do with them after we arrested them for being young Iraqis.
You would be wrong. After all, this is the Bush Administration.
The capture of thousands of new suspects under the three-month-old Baghdad security plan has overwhelmed the Iraqi government's detention system, forcing hundreds of people into overcrowded facilities, according to Iraqi and Western officials.
Nearly 20,000 people were in Iraqi-run prisons, detention camps, police stations and other holding cells as of the end of March, according to a U.N. report issued last month, an increase of more than 3,500 from the end of January. The U.S. military said late last week that it was holding about 19,500 detainees, up more than 3,000 since the U.S. and Iraqi governments began implementing the security plan in mid-February.
Did the Americans and Iraqis talk about the likely impact to the country’s detention system before the surge was implemented?
Iraq's prisons for convicted criminals are managed by the Justice Ministry, but because of crowding in Iraqi army detention centers, authorities have transferred many untried detainees to live with convicts.
Swell, we’ve now created a new breeding ground for people grabbed off the street who were already angry about it, to be mixed in with hardened criminals who were actually convicted of something. That should work out just fine when some or most of these folks are eventually released, of course after they have been tortured.
Just as Bush has turned Iraq into the newest terrorist training ground for Al Qaeda, he is creating opportunities for thousands more hardened and angry people to be roaming the streets of Iraq.