The United States supports tyrants abroad as long as they maintain the American world view. This is evidenced by our support of Bahrain, the home of the US Fifth Fleet. The Khalifa Monarchy is a Sunni dictatorship in a predominantly Shia nation. There, torture during the uprising has been described in many human rights reports as being widespread and systematic. The Gulf Cooperation Council made of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Sunni States has maintained a military presence there to subjugate the people of Bahrain. This repressive police State seems to be fine with the US as long as they support US policy and do not interfere with our assets stationed there.
In essence, the United States turns a blind eye to human rights abuses as long as the government that commits them is aligned with the United States. We only act on "humanitarian grounds" when we are supporting regime change in order to achieve a government that will be amiable to US aims in the region. Hypocrisy and deceit are the mainstays of American foreign policy.
What the American public needs to understand is that the actions of our government in relation to other nations borders on and sometimes crosses the line of criminality. Drone strikes on American citizens and innocent civilians in contested regions is widespread, CIA interference in internal affairs of other nations is also commonplace. American foreign policy drives the Muslim fundamental movement. One must understand that our government relishes threats and attacks so as to justify the subjugation of the American people.
We are at war. This is a war for hearts and minds, this time it is American hearts and minds. We can either accept the actions of our government overseas and at home, or resist this American surveillance/security state. We can continue to accept the misinformation that comes from the mainstream media through our own government, or look at the reality of our situation. Exchanging our liberty for security under the guise of this scripted and government supported phony "War on Terror" is tantamount to turning over our liberty to a regime that has no clear view of right or wrong. Our government cares very little about freedom and democracy as long as tyrannical governments support US aims. Once a nation falls out of favor with American interests, politically or economically, freedom and democracy are catchwords for invasion, no-fly zones or proxy wars.
The choice is ours to make. No government can survive without the support of its people. One can only look to the situations in Brazil and Turkey, not to mention Egypt during the Arab Spring. Once the people are sufficiently informed about the real nature of their government, accepting the status quo is actually surrendering your freedom.