Saturday, May 17, 2008

U.S. Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan

U.S. Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan - New York Times: "Until now, the Bush administration had signaled that it intended to scale back American involvement in detention operations in Afghanistan. It had planned to transfer a large majority of the prisoners to Afghan custody, in an American-financed, high-security prison outside Kabul to be guarded by Afghan soldiers...The proposal for a new American prison at Bagram underscores the daunting scope and persistence of the United States military’s detention problem, at a time when Bush administration officials continue to say they want to close down the facility at Guantánamo Bay."

Instead of fixing the problem, just move it to where it will get less scrutiny. The lesson Bush learned from the failure of Guantanamo wasn't, "don't torture, it gives the U.S. a bad name and its results are not useful." What he learned was, "I gots to have me some torturin', just keep it secreter than that place down in Castroland."

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