Police Academy 8: Baghdad Bugaloo

The Bush Assministration is burning through $2 billion of your tax dollars every week we stay in Iraq. No one can claim that money is beingspent wisely.

A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found.

The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country’s security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student barracks. Floors heaved inches off the ground and cracked apart. Water dripped so profusely in one room that it was dubbed “the rain forest.”

“This is the most essential civil security project in the country — and it’s a failure,” said Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an independent office created by Congress. “The Baghdad police academy is a disaster.”

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Even in a $21 billion reconstruction effort that has been marred by cases of corruption and fraud, failures in training and housing Iraq’s security forces are particularly significant because of their effect on what the U.S. military has called its primary mission here: to prepare Iraqi police and soldiers so that Americans can depart.

Federal investigators said the inspector general’s findings raise serious questions about whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has failed to exercise effective oversight over the Baghdad Police College or reconstruction programs across Iraq, despite charging taxpayers management fees of at least 4.5 percent of total project costs. The Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that it has initiated a wide-ranging investigation of the police academy project.

The report serves as the latest indictment of Parsons Corp., the U.S. construction giant that was awarded about $1 billion for a variety of reconstruction projects across Iraq. After chronicling previous Parsons failures to properly build health clinics, prisons and hospitals, Bowen said he now plans to conduct an audit of every Parsons project.

2 thoughts on “Police Academy 8: Baghdad Bugaloo

  1. pansypoo says:

    wait. is iWaq a quagmire or a poney pit?

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  2. MapleStreet says:

    To state the obvious: Isn’t building a building something that has been done for a couple of thousand years now? Look at the elaborate buildings that have been built in the area now known as Iraq. And if I go just a little east and look at Iran also, the buildings are unbelievably elaborate.
    Apparently we can’t even build a decent outhouse.
    Bet thats really gonna win / impress the minds of the Iraqis

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