An Afghan Government commission is alleging that U.S. Guards at the Bagram prison outside of Kabul, are mistreating detainees – the very same Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists who are bombing and killing Afghan civilians as well as U.S. and NATO coalition soldiers. Karzai has demanded an immediate turnover of the facility to the Afghan government . The problem for the U.S. is that the Karzai government has a history of releasing terrorist suspects in their custody who go right back to creating more mayhem and bloodshed in the country. So the question is why are we even there? WM
I realize that whatever amount of corruption I expose, half my readers will block it out, although they may get a frisson of joy in the process….Margaret Carlson
Afghan Commission Accuses U.S. of Detainee Abuse
Wall Street Journal – Associated Press, January 7, 2012
KABUL, Afghanistan—An Afghan investigative commission accused the American military Saturday of abuse at its main prison in the country, repeating President Hamid Karzai’s demand that the U.S. turn over all detainees to Afghan custody and saying anyone held without evidence should be freed.
The demands put the U.S. and the Afghan governments on a collision course in an issue that will decide the fate of hundreds of suspected Taliban and al-Qaida operators captured by American forces. The head of the Afghan investigation said U.S. officials told him many of those militant suspects were taken based on intelligence that can’t be used in Afghan courts.
The dispute that has unfolded in recent days recreates many of the thorny issues surrounding the controversial U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay. There, as at the prison in Afghanistan, American forces are holding many detainees without charging them with a specific crime or presenting evidence in a civil court.
Detainees interviewed during two visits to the U.S.-run portion of the prison outside Bagram Air Base north of Kabul complained of freezing cold, humiliating strip searches and being deprived of light, according to Gul Rahman Qazi, who led the investigation ordered by President Karzai. Read more: