Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Bagram’

Report On US Torture And Rendition To Libya Details New Waterboarding Claims

Report On US Torture And Rendition To Libya Details New Waterboarding Claims

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a major new report detailing how the Bush Administration and other allied governments tortured and imprisoned opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The prisoners were then rendered to Gaddafi’s own prisons where many of them were tortured. According to a HRW press release, the 154-page report, “Delivered into Enemy […]

Wikileaks Reveals Reasons To Dismiss US Claims ‘Ghost Prisoner’ Aafia Siddiqui Wasn’t Held In Bagram

Wikileaks Reveals Reasons To Dismiss US Claims ‘Ghost Prisoner’ Aafia Siddiqui Wasn’t Held In Bagram

In sifting through the avalanche of US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, only the Guardian, in the Western media, has picked up on cables from Islamabad relating to the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who disappeared with her three young children in Karachi on March 30, 2003, and did not reappear until […]

Torture Finally Cited On Last Day Of Omar Khadr’s Sentencing Hearing At Guantanamo

Torture Finally Cited On Last Day Of Omar Khadr’s Sentencing Hearing At Guantanamo

Everything about the last week’s events at Guantánamo has been deeply disturbing. On Monday, in defiance of international obligations requiring the rehabilitation of child prisoners, the US government — under President Obama — fulfilled the deepest wishes of the Bush administration, and persuaded Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen who was just 15 years old when […]

What Are They Hiding? Obama Administration Defending Black Site Prison At Bagram Airbase

What Are They Hiding? Obama Administration Defending Black Site Prison At Bagram Airbase

A victory for the government in a federal court in New York City Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration. In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been seeking to force the Pentagon to provide information about all captives it is holding at […]

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part Two): Executive Detention, Rendition, Review Boards, Released Prisoners and Trials

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part Two): Executive Detention, Rendition, Review Boards, Released Prisoners and Trials

In the first of two articles about the Obama administration’s detention policies relating to the US airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan, I examined recent revelations about a secret prison inside the base, apparently run by a shadowy branch of the Pentagon, where Bush-era “enhanced interrogations,” involving sleep deprivation and isolation, are used, as authorized in Appendix M of the US Army Field Manual.

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part One): Torture and the “Black Prison”

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part One): Torture and the “Black Prison”

For eight and a half years, the US prison at Bagram airbase has been the site of a disturbing number of experiments in detention and interrogation, where murders have taken place, the Geneva Conventions have been shredded and the encroachment of the US courts — unlike at Guantánamo — has been thoroughly resisted.

The Black Hole of Bagram

The Black Hole of Bagram

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. delivered a genuinely disturbing ruling (PDF) regarding prisoners in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which has turned the clock back to the darkest days of the Bush administration, before prisoners seized in the “War on Terror” had any recourse to justice if they claimed they had been seized by mistake.

Torturing Omar Khadr: A Child Detained In Bagram And Guantanamo

Torturing Omar Khadr: A Child Detained In Bagram And Guantanamo

Are we so inured to the implementation of torture by the Bush administration that we no longer recognize what torture is? Torture, according to the UN Convention Against Torture, to which the US is a signatory, is “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person.”

Red Cross Confirms Second Secret Prison At Bagram Where Detainees Have Been Tortured

Red Cross Confirms Second Secret Prison At Bagram Where Detainees Have Been Tortured

Hilary Anderson at BBC has been following the Bagram prison story closely. Today, she reports that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed the existence of a second prison site at Bagram. The presence of a second site has long been suspected, a prison the Afghans call Tor Prison, or the “Black” Prison.

Guantanamo: Now In Afghanistan?

The U.S. is considering holding international terror suspects at its Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. If approved, the facility north of Kabul could essentially become a new Guantanamo Bay, the notorious camp in Cuba that President Obama has pledged to close. Currently the U.S. administration is struggling with the task of relocating over 180 inmates still […]

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