congruence

According to today's Globe and Mail, "men in police uniforms" abducted and devivified Khamis al-Obeidi, one of Saddam Hussein's lawyers. (link here, probably only good for today)

This isn't the first time I've read news stories about "men in police uniforms" abducting, shoving, shooting and generally terrorizing portions of Baghdad's population. In the news story, the Interior Ministry and its "Shiite death squads," who likely don't call themselves by that name, are blamed.

What I'd like to know is how they got ahold of all these police uniforms. Some may think that they raided a warehouse. My suspicion is that they all joined the police force, started drawing policeman's pay, and as a final plank in their fiendish platform, put on police uniforms. Now men in police uniforms roam the streets of Baghdad, handing out papers that look like parking tickets, conducting activities that correspond to law enforcement, and also carrying out the work of powerful politicians.

I imagine the real police in Baghdad, who don't just dress up as police and work as police but are police, are anxious to clear up the confusion.