Brutal Bahraini State Terror
Washington supports Bahrain's despot monarchy.
by Stephen Lendman
For over a year, Saudi and Al-Khalifa monarchy security forces terrorized nonviolent protesters. Thousands braved tear gas, beatings, rubber bullets, live fire, arrests, torture and disappearances.
Washington's very much involved. Bahrain's the home of America's Fifth Fleet. Millions of dollars in aid's provided. So are weapons, including armored vehicles, bunker buster missiles, wire-guided ones, and more. A Pentagon statement said:
They'll "improve Bahrain's capability to meet current and future armored threats. Bahrain will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense."
In fact, Bahrain faces no external threats. Except for Western/Israeli-targeted Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, neither do other Middle East states. Yet Washington's selling fighters, missiles, and other advanced weapons to regional allies.
In late December, a Saudi F-15 fighter deal was announced worth nearly $30 billion. Other plans include Iraq weapons sales worth around $11 billion. Israelis, of course, get billions of dollars in aid annually, including America's most advanced weapons and technology. At the same time, Washington's belligerently expanding its Middle East footprint.
Thousands of Iraqi troops remain. Others were repositioned. Kuwait contingents increased. Libyan bases are planned, and close ties continue with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and other regional states for future air, ground, and naval combat missions.
Notably, Bahraini activists published photos showing US troops training state security forces in crackdown tactics. In addition, former New York/Philadelphia/Miami Police chief John Timoney's involved.
Occupy Miami organizer Mohammed Malik told Press TV he's currently training Bahraini forces. His record includes repressive crackdowns against Miami global justice protesters, Philadelphia ones at the 2000 Republican National Convention, and other brutality in New York. For years, he terrorized city residents where he worked.
On February 16, London Guardian writer Ryan Devereaux headlined, "John Timoney: the notorious police chief sent to 'reform' forces in Bahrain," saying:
For three decades, he was New York City police chief before heading up Philadelphia and Miami departments. He was hired along with former UK assistant top cop John Yates.
Timoney critics cite years of "police abuse, illegal infiltration tactics, fear-mongering, and a blatant disregard for freedom of expression."
His methods include "pepper spray, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, Tasers, electrified shields, batons," beatings, and mass arrests. Florida ACLU executive director Howard Simon called his Bahrain presence "extremely unsettling. I'm concerned for the people of Bahrain with Timoney directing how police there are controlling crowds."