Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
Justice Obstructed at Bagram As at
-- Ten Years Is Too Long Guantanamo
Despite ten years of occupation and untold millions of dollars spent on rebuilding
The number of Afghans detained at Bagram has tripled over the past three years to more than 2,600 and the new construction will raise the capacity to 5,500 prisoners. Capt. Kevin Aandahl, a spokesman for the
Many of those held at Bagram have been there since the
Included among the “weaknesses” of Afghan law that the
Just as with the detainees held for these past ten years at the
While the number of prisoners held at
This report cites a sharp escalation in raids that has “taken the battlefield more directly into Afghan homes sparking tremendous backlash among the Afghan population.” While civilians not directly participating in hostilities are supposed to be protected from such attacks by the Geneva Conventions, these raids are often “heavily (if not primarily) motivated by intelligence gathering.” One
After gutting its own constitution in the name of a “war on terror,” the United States is now adding to the injury and insult of a brutal occupation by demanding of the Afghan government that it pledge to be as lawless as the U.S., to continue our oppression of its people in our absence before we will give them sovereignty over their own judicial system.
Ten years ago this month the
Please consider joining human rights organizations, legal collectives, grassroots groups, and people of conscience in Washington on January 11, 2012 for a protest against U.S. detention policies, rallying to form a human chain from the White House to Congress and to demand real change — by far the biggest such demonstration since the "War on Terror" began.
Brian Terrell lives and works at the Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm in