No Policeman Left Behind

NO POLICEMAN LEFT BEHIND….Do you wonder what kind of test you have to take to become a policeman in Iraq? Wonder no longer. The Guardian has sample questions from a recent midterm.

But there’s also this:

By graduation cadets should have learned to march, have shot 200 rounds at a static target and absorbed crash courses on law and human rights. Question 24 on yesterday’s test betrayed the legacy of police brutality under Saddam.

“Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person is: a) torture; b) interview techniques; c) interrogation techniques; d) informative and reliable.”

Sgt Clay Laughman, a US military policeman supervising the exam, admitted the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was a setback. “We had to explain to them that everybody has bad people.”

Indeed.

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