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The invasion of Iraq was a public relations nightmare. A poll of Iraqis in 2006 said, 6 in 10 approved of the attacks on Americans, slightly more than that wanted the Iraq government to ask the US troops to be gone in a year. But 72 percent thought Americans would still be in Iraq in five years. Three fourths believed that there would be permanent American military instillations in Iraq (1 ).

Truth, Liberty and justice for all?

In 2006 when the USA and the Iraqi government were trying to maintain order in Iraq. They had to deal with a growing insurgency and rising casualties from "improvised explosive devices,". Iraqis were arbitrarily rounded up in "cordon and capture raids.". Even thought 70 to 90 percent were arrested by mistake and had no "actionable intelligence," they faced months of detainment and torture (2 ).

Another example of a lack of liberty is a doctor and freelance Journalist Adel Hussein was imprisoned in 2008 for writing a book on the physical effects of homosexuality. He was however pardoned by President Barzani. Mr Hussein said about his ordeal "I am a doctor and a specialist as well as a journalist. I was not supposed to be put in prison. It was too much to endure,". Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said "We are relieved that President Barzani intervened to right this injustice,". He should have never been charged(3 ).

He was lucky, when you compare others who having dealings with the Iraqi Justice system. Human rights watch reported that Iraq is failing to give the accused a fair trial. Many times the accused months and in some cases years before they go before a judge, they also have ineffectual legal counsel, and rely on secret informants and confessions like gotten under torture or duress (4 ).

Post Saddam Iraq has lead to increase attacks on Gays and Lesbians. After Clerics urged a crack down on homosexuality, the dead bodies of homosexuals began to appear ( 5 ).

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