Afghan Commission Accuses US of Detainee Abuse

An Afghan investigative commission accused the American military on Saturday of abusing detainees in the Bagram prison facilities and reiterated President Hamid Karzai’s demand that the U.S. turn the detainees over to Afghan custody.

The U.S. is holding about 3,000 detainees at Bagram, many of whom have not been charged with a crime, have seen no evidence against them, and do not have the right to be represented by a lawyer, in addition to being exposed to harsh conditions.

The head of the Afghan investigation said U.S. officials told him many of them were captured based on intelligence that can’t be used in Afghan courts.

Detainees interviewed by the investigators spoke of being held in freezing cold cells, forced nudity, physical abuse, and extended isolation. Daphne Eviatar, an attorney for Human Rights First who investigated Bagram detainees months ago said “It’s worse than Guantanamo, because there are fewer rights.”

U.S. officials have described the Bagram detainees as too difficult to try, and too dangerous to release. But Afghan investigator Sayed Noorullah said the prison must be transferred to Afghan control “as soon as possible,” adding that “If there is no evidence … they have the right to be freed.”

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  • skulz fontaine

    Detainee abuse by the US, wow and go figure. Really? This has only been going on for more than ten years. War crimes tribunal, get your war crimes tribunals right about now?

    • curmudgeonvt

      Dude, it's just a couple of "bad apples" you know… And I'm sure that nobody in DC has any idea this is going on. Damn rogues… snark…

  • JLS

    Once again another isolated incident.

  • MvGuy

    Smells like more of the same…. People who, for one reason or another, hate Afghans, Muslims or just zenophobes in charge… First it was the Israeli "contractors" in Abu Gharag, now the CIA has moved their crime circus to Bagram…….. Someone needs to give a little tug on the sleeve to the [Oh the word that sends one's post to the "moderation" dock] people and whisper in their ear….. "Starting a war with Islam and their defenders of the faith is not going to work out well for your people in any run, short or(and especially) long…. People in that part of the world do NOT forget…….. Especially when you help instigate a war that kills a million of them…!!! Can you hear me…….. This aggression stuff is dangerous…. Are you listening…??? Killing people, stealing their stuff, their land, even their dignity leads to ruin, time, and time again…