Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Torture Never Stops- Even Under President Obama

In a recent BBC report Afghan prisoners report of a secret jail at Bagram airbase they call the, "black hole" according to Sher Agha who spent six days in the facility last autumn. "When they released us they told us we should not tell our stories to outsiders because they well harm us."

Torture allegations include sleep deprivation, disorientation, beating and humiliation tactics.  The abuses are said to have taken place since US President Barack Obama has been is office. The US military has denied the existence of the prison but are looking into the allegations.

Bagram airbase is to undergo a 60 million dollar expansion doubling the size of the prison which currently holds 600 prisoners. Perhaps to make room for the detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, though that is just an option the US government has. President Obama stated the Cuban prison will be closed but has of yet made no mention of the fate of the prisoners being held, all without a court date or any hope of one in the near future.

Similar to the  prisoners at Guantanamo according to Amnesty International most of the 615 detainees at Bagram are being held without access to courts or legal council and some have been there for years.

In a further update to the Richard Colvin affair, New Media and Politics is pleased to present the redacted e-mails that have caused so much fuss.  The e-mails are available here for download as a PDF.

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