John Timoney, Former Miami Police Chief, To Train Police in Middle East Kingdom of Bahrain

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John Timoney, the former Miami Police Chief most notable for his violent handling of the FTAA Protests in 2003, is now packing his bags and heading to the Middle East. Bahrain's Interior Ministry has hired Timoney to handle training of police.

The kingdom has decided it needs to reform its police force after several reports of abuse against pro-reform protesters. So, uh, they hired a guy who masterminded the controversial "Miami Model" to train police to less likely to abuse protesters? Makes sense.

Timoney will lead a group of police advisers from the US and Britain. The group will be responsible for retraining the police force after an independent commission cited example of police misconduct. No word if the Kingdom will supply Timoney with a free Lexus SUV for his services.

The BBC reported earlier this year that police brutality has turned Bahrain into an "island of fear." Police have been accused of using torture and excessive force against Shiite-led protestors.

"Bahrain is now a state where the police are acting with complete impunity. There is no accountability, not even an effort to cover up what is going on," Joe Stork of the Human Rights Watch told the BBC.

Timoney seems like an odd choice considering his handling of the FTAA protests in November 2003.

At the time Circuit Judge Richard Margolius said he saw ''no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers'' and that the forces' actions were "a disgrace for the community.''

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ipsut
ipsut

At least he'll be away from Miami for a while

@umali76
@umali76

We are here, but our fault because we used social networks in the entertainment, while a class traitor was exploited in the dissemination of lies to destroy our country. Ten years of promoting lies، How can we repaired in a short period؟

## What really happend in Kingdom of Bahrain (Part-2)

What is the difference between Arabic and revolutions happened in Bahrain؟* http://t.co/56yJ1dg

Why did these people do all this؟ If they were as they claimed it was the demands of the revolution, why are all of the Shiea sect loyal to the state-Faqih Stationed in Iran، While the majority of the people of the Sunni community and Christ and the Jews and the rest of the different sects rejected the Revolution coup؟

Bahrain has provided to its citizens, without discrimination:• Education in all its stages and to the university free•All medical and therapeutic services developed for free• Insurance against unemployment. Every citizen is unemployed the equivalent of 370$ monthly. Although the failure rate 3%• Grant 185$ monthly instead of the equivalent cost per head of family• Granted the equivalent of housing assistance 370$ per family per month to give them a residential home state• The minimum wage 750%• Each employee in the public sector and private social insurance• Although the Kingdom of Bahrain under the system, the Arab Cooperation Council (GCC). Governed by a genetic system،  Add to that the small number of Shieas in the Gulf and that the system does not exceed 3% ، But the rulers of Bahrain and the presence of a large percentage of Shieas in Bahrain, most of them Iranian and Iraqi assets. Did not want to feel that this class distinction ، Kingdom has granted all the rights, and appointed a large proportion of this community in high positions, and ministers, ambassadors and advisers who have abused their positions in the occupation of their community for three-quarters of government jobs, making every service a special ministry in which the proportion of staff 80% ، Which digested the rights of the Sunni sect. During the past ten years in employment, housing and education.

@umali76
@umali76

I am a Bahraini citizen, I found that my right to defend national & It is my duty to mention the facts, and repaired the image that was distorted by a group of people dedicated to overthrowing the ruling in favor of a state belonging to the* (al-Faqih):Which states that the religious leader as a god who is prescribed and identifies each command or decision, and the epicenter Iran.for the transformation of Bahrain to Iraq again.

## What really happend in Kingdom of Bahrain (Part-1)

The biggest lie spread by traitors that The Shiea community form a majority...In fact, they are the minority

This is the real national majority، 450،000 Of all religions Peoples، Different communities and different races, Had gathered. To shout with one voice (We are here)(No to sectarian)(No to racism)This is the original mother the Bahraini،Volunteered in the sit-ins to work in any job, even if the detergent in the school. Here is Invites. God to protect people،And all the people above her head¤ http://goo.gl/YvXXq

Rapg12
Rapg12

"Bahrain is now a state where the police are acting with complete impunity. There is no accountability, not even an effort to cover up what is going on," Joe Stork of the Human Rights Watch told the BBC.

For your information, 4 police men were dead and more than 750  were injured since Feb by those Iran Loyals ! "hezbullah" which Mr. Besiuony seems didn't mention in his report, (check  the report http://t.co/Q11IfJjW ).

TrollTiem
TrollTiem

Ain't nothin' like exportin' some good ol' 'Merican fascism.

Sayed Ali
Sayed Ali

New Ian Hinderson to the poor Bahraini people

Elpapomaspapo
Elpapomaspapo

Kyle, you had to look up where exactly Bahrain is didn't you?  Of course you did. 

How many of your hipster pals got their derrieres kicked all the way back to Bennington by Chief Timoney?  Perhaps you and Judge Margolius would have preferred for the "protestors" to torch Miami like did Seattle and other cities.

Gotta love the New Times, refuge for those who can't hack it at the Herald.  Just goes to show, those who can, can.  Those who can't are called the press.

Mike Diboll
Mike Diboll

The shortcomings of Timoney are neither here nor there. The issue isn't training, but that the Bahrain "police" are little more than a sectarian gang in uniform.

Members of Bahrain's majority Shia population, 60+% of the total population, CANNOT join the police. Instead, the Bahrain regime recruits foreigners from Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen and fast-tracks them for citizenship just so long as they are from the Sunni sect.

The Bahrain Ministry of the Interior probably imagines that hiring somebody "Western" to train their "police" represents a meaningful response to the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry. In fact, it's all just PR, and Timoney will join the long line of Westerners who've gone out there to get a tax-free salary in return for creating the image of reform.

Real change will come about when the sectarian police force is abolished, and replaced with one that really represents the community.

The precedent here is the abolition of the sectarian, paramilitary Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland, and its replacement with the Police Service of Northern Ireland as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

james turk
james turk

He is away from Miami but, not for a while !  He bought himself a ONE WAY Ticket of NO RETURN !!!  Born in Ireland in 1948Immigrated to the USA in 1961He will DIE in Bahrain in 2012 !!!!!

Printemps Arabe
Printemps Arabe

That’s actually the first thing that came to my mind when Iheard about Timoney - he's truly the new and more internationally-approvedversion of Ian Henderson, the Butcher of Bahrain. But do not despair, becausethe more brutal a regime becomes and the more violently it represses itspeople, it only indicates that it is becoming more and more powerless andincapable when faced with the determination of the people. We all know that theBahraini people are very determined, and they are more than willing tosacrifice themselves in order to finally be free. The Bahraini opposition isnta puppet to the West, and the Bahraini people are aware of what the regime isplotting. The determination and awareness of the people, combined with thepolitical intelligence of the Bahraini opposition all indicate that theBahraini people will be victorious, despite any attempts of the regime toensure otherwise. The govt brought in Saudi Forces, mercenary forces, foughtyou with internationally banned weapons. What did that change? The regime onlyexposed its brutality on an international level, and the Bahraini people provedthat they will not give in. I truly believe that whether they bring in Timoney,or anyone worse than him, and though the Bahraini people will no doubt suffer,this will only bring the victory of the people and the end of the regimecloser.

nanook5
nanook5

wow i don't think i ever actually heard from anyone who actually believed the city's version of the story before. yep, beating the shit out of those those immigrant and workers rights groups and a bunch of retirees was the only thing that kept miami from being levelled, just like "seattle and other cities," because setting cars on fire and smashing windows is the same thing as "torching" a whole city.

JerkBag
JerkBag

Yeah? Let's see a couple of your own bylines, faggot.

Mohd Cj
Mohd Cj

Mike DibollYou are right, unless the police and army represents the community, there won't be any long term solution.

Do you know why this isn't happening? Because Al Khalifa's invaded Bahrain with blood and killing. Defense minister, who is a member of Al Khalifa said: "we ruled with blood and will only be taken off with blood".

We are dealing with a tribal gang which uses sectarian differences to their advantage. If you look at the regime composition you will understand that they don't have a real sectarian issue, but are using it. Half of the ministers are not Sunna, but are Al Khalifas. They appoint Shia and Sunna who are loyal to them at minister levels and maybe some army ranks, but for the important ministries and army ranks they don't trust neither Sunna or Shia, they only appoint Al Khalifas at these levels.

So you need to understand that they USE the sectarian differences, but in reality they don't trust neither Shia or Sunna.

Rapg12
Rapg12

The truth:-------------Can you prove that SHIA are majority? even in bahrain official documents like passport and ids they don't show wither you are sunni or shia.

we have good example in kuwait regarding shia in military and what they did recently.

Shia are loyal to Iran 100% and controlled from Iran. here in Bahrain we are fighting persians and not arab.

james turk
james turk

Thank you, I am with you 100%GOD BLESS YOU - YOU ARE IBN HALAAL !!

Ahmed 'Da Boss' Raees
Ahmed 'Da Boss' Raees

sacrificing themselves for virgins in heaven, u try to grab an officer's gun... that's an easy way to die and go there.

and btw, stop gettin ur news from ppl who wanna make news from anything so they interview those very same ppl who believe in imaginary friends.

u wanna know what's in the heart of 99% of protesters here? read this paragraphy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Epapomasguapo1
Epapomasguapo1

Kyle, is that you?  Calling me a "faggot?"  How third grade of you, will you say I have "cooties" next?  Oh, and all my bylines are in gay publications, naturally.

Sadiq Ali
Sadiq Ali

Cmon MOHD ! stop using some big fat lies . Al khalifa is the family responsible for bahrain's stability so far otherwise it take no time when bahrain name maybe in the list of Libya , Tunisia , yemen , Syria and Egypt . After this shia community with having no sense of their demand , started protesting by breaking the laws of the state , then Police and Army have no choice except to stop them and try to bring the country back to stable situation and they did nothing wrong . Al khalifa family was loyal to them more then enough but still no logic exist what they want ?  They talk about jobs , food and shelter . I can say the truth , All the public sectors , ministries are cover up by Shia's , they are getting better food , leave the food , lets come to standard of living , Bahrain is the first middle east country where people living with better health and gettting better food . And come now to shelter point , yeah they are getting houses from government with lower installment . What they need is not enough for them and they need more ? They exactly don't know even what they want ? Shia community is spreading discrimination by brutally killing police employees and citizens . Blocking the road , pouring oil , burning tyres is not a way of bringing reform in any country . They said , they are peaceful but everyone saw their real faces with behind hand's of Ian , their mother land . Even tough , they don't belong to bahrain , They are Iraq and Iranian civilians bring to bahrain at 1980's by government mistakenly and now they want to collapse the government .and one more thing bahrain population is more then half Sunni , shia only provide 37 percent of the population . Countries like middle east and Africa try their best to reach level of success by providing better standard of living to citizens and it take more then decades but Bahrain is the country which is moving towards development so fastly that within a decade , you can compare Bahrain with SINGAPORE . Pleas Stop spreading lot of lies against the country which feed you , from where you people get job and better standard of living . Police can provide security in the country , thy don't torture and spread hatredness ok in the western countries where someone break the law , police take the same step, u can have example of Wall street protest and how police reacted  ? see the Egypt , libya , yemen ,the government of them took no time  to kill many protesters in a time , its ur fortune ur still alive and spreading lies about ur beautiful country . people say rite : " TRUTH IS HIDDEN IN THE BUNCH OF LIES " :(  

james turk
james turk

Dear Rapg12,you should be ashamed of yourself, just because you are sunni; that dosent make SHIA'A people bad !! we are not loyal to Iran, we want the al-khalifa regime to disintegrated for good.al-khalifa invaded Bahrain in 1783: they looted, they occupied, they robbed, they raped and killed PEACEFULL, LEGITIMATE and OWNERS of Bahrain which is called BAHARNA !The BAHARNA natives lived and owned Bahrain since before Islam. YES, they turned to SHIAASM.  The population of Bahrain to be exact 75 or more % are SHIAA.90.000 of them are jobless!! cause al-khalifa are WAHABIS, hate SHIAA. Dont tell me IRAN IRAN IRAN, you are the most hyporite and stupid sunni dinar collector from killer hamad bin isa in BAHRAIN !!!by the way I am PERSIAN, not ARAB !!!

Guest
Guest

I agree with you 100%.

Shias in the gulf and the region loyalty is for their mother iran. This is their religion sectarian teaching.

Obviously Iran want to create instability in the Arab world and especially the gulf.

Mariam
Mariam

bull s**t shia in Bahrain are loyal to Bahrain and Bahrain only. I wonder who is loyal to saudi arabia? in Kuwait and in Bahrain? Iran never invaded a country like KSA when it occupied Bahrain. think logic and speak logic or keep quiet for ever 

james turk
james turk

Sadiq Ali,You are another BLIND & DEAF & LOYAL & MERCENARY TO: al-khalifa REGIME.al-khalifa invaded , killed, raped, robbed and looted the legitimate owners (BAHARNA), who lived as natives in Bahrain before ISLAM !!!Shame on you Sadiq !!!  All that for a few LOUSY dinars ????Iam not Arab I am PERSIAN, I am telling the TRUTH about BAHARNA !!!!After all, who is al-khalifa ???  they are bunch of desert nomads who were seeking a free land to occupy, after they were KICKED out of zubara by Hashemites. after invading Bahrain by force and killing the natives, they also went on to sea PIRACY !!!al-khalifa REGIME:  I am telling you now and remember !!! they wont last another year as of todays date !!

nanook5
nanook5

apologizing for human rights abuses, simultaneously not funny and yet impossible to be taken seriously.

david hellberg
david hellberg

hmmm ... So if the sunnis are more than half the population why are they so afraid of making a real democracy with elected prime minister??you say "thy don't torture and spread hatredness ok ". I guess the BICI report have a different opinion about this which the king La Khalifa alos agreed to..

james turk
james turk

Sorry, you are another sunni deaf and blind, go read history.BAHARNA are loyal to their land not to Iran!Its you sunnis, wahabis, al-khalifa who are loyal to the zionism and the west.75% of Bahrain are SHIAA today. 20 years ago they were 85% !!!  Until al-khalifa gave naturalization to bunch of thugs, killers sunni mercenaries from all around, including the nomads from saudi deserts.You are a deaf and blind ya humar !!!

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