In the run-up to Iraqi elections last year, Iraqi President Iyad Allawi said that torture in Iraq was worse than it was under Saddam. Now his bleak assessment has been backed up by Manfred Nowak, the uN's Special Rapporteur on Torture:
Manfred Nowak said the situation in Iraq was "out of control", with abuses being committed by security forces, militia groups and anti-US insurgents.
Bodies found in the Baghdad morgue "often bear signs of severe torture", said the human rights office of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq in a report.
The wounds confirmed reports given by refugees from Iraq, Mr Nowak said.
"What most people tell you is that the situation as far as torture is concerned now in Iraq is totally out of hand," the Austrian law professor said.
"The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein," he added.
So much for the US's "humanitarian intervention". They've taken a torture state run by a murderous dictator, and - unbelievably - managed to make it worse. And now the Iraqi people get to suffer even more for their hubris.