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Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom

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The Post downplayed what's happening. "Bahrain is no Syria," it said dismissively. Editorial policy belligerently attacks Assad for doing his job. Bahraini state terror over the same time frame got scant coverage.

The Post said the emirate is home to America's Fifth Fleet. Implied is its presence legitimizes harsh security. The editorial admitted that Washington supported a Bahraini nominee for "an advisory position at the UN Human Rights Council."

Congress approved military sales and aid. "Such action(s) damage US credibility across the Middle East."

On the one hand, Washington lawlessly challenges Assad's independence. On the other, it supports Al Khalifa despotism. It not only largely ignores its worst repression, it condones and encourages it.

The Post editorial went so far but no further. What readers most need to know was omitted. What's going on in Bahrain, why, and who benefits wasn't explained. Readers know little more now than earlier.

A Bahrain Center for Human Rights report headlined "The BCHR Holds the King Responsible for the Spread of the Culture of Impunity which Has Claimed the Lives of Tens of Victims."

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Facts don't lie. Disturbing truths were revealed. BCHR compiled compelling evidence. Ruling Al Khalifa despots remain unaccountable.

Security forces commit daily "gross violations of human rights." Bahraini and international laws are violated. Extrajudicial killings, arbitrary execution, torture, mock trials, and excessive force are commonplace.

"(I)mpunity is still entrenched in the doctrine of the Authority and its security institutions as a basic prevalent culture."

It operates as an instrument of state terror. Authorities get away with murder, torture and other atrocities. Ordinary Bahrainis wanting equal rights face brutalizing repression.

BCHR expressed special concern about a "systematic policy of impunity and of providing immunity to criminals and enabling them to continue with their duties and their security positions without accountability."

Innocent people are shot and killed. Some are executed in cold blood. Others are beaten, arrested, and imprisoned. Justice is a four-letter word. 

Principles relating to Effective Prevention and Investigation call for careful examination of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary executions, and other security force violence. Authorities whitewash state-sponsored crimes instead of prosecuting offenders.

King Hamad bears full responsibility. Bahraini law is what he says it is. Equity, justice and freedom don't have a chance. 

Activists challenging state repression may end up dead by gun shots, lethal gas or slit throats. Obama wholeheartedly endorses what legitimate leaders condemn. Fundamental human and civil rights don't have a chance.

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