Window dressing

Like applying lipstick to a pig, the U.S. military is throwing a fresh coat of paint and a new banal name to the Abu Ghraib prison, where detainees were tortured by U.S. soldiers and the image of the occupier was plagued in 2004.

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 The newly-minted Baghdad Central Prison (What? Baghdad Central Park was taken?) already holds about 400 inmates.

A skeptic can’t  help but wonder how many of those detainees are being held without charges — a la Guantanamo. The Iraqi detainees might now be able to workout, shoot hoops or visit the prison’s greenhouses, but they are still overseen by Americans in their country after five long years.

Despite some possible showy flower boxes in front, the windows still have bars on them.

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