Saturday, May 17, 2008

Here's something that can make you feel proud

Bagram prison in Afghanistan

Well, maybe I'm wrong about the proud bit.
The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to build a new, 40-acre detention complex on the main American military base in Afghanistan, officials said, in a stark acknowledgment that the United States is likely to continue to hold prisoners overseas for years to come.

The proposed detention center would replace the cavernous, makeshift American prison on the Bagram military base north of Kabul, which is now typically packed with about 630 prisoners, compared with the 270 held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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.

But American officials now concede that the new Afghan-run prison cannot absorb all the Afghans now detained by the United States, much less the waves of new prisoners from the escalating fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

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.

Apparently with a proclivity for incarcerating people (one in 100 adult Americans are in jail or prison), its hard not to export such a mindset to other parts of the world.

Note: Headline links to source which links to the NYT.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one more excuse of profiteering. After all, since privatizing prisons in the US, the inmate population has doubled. Half of those locked up are for non-violent drug possession. These private prisons get 30-40K for each inmate. So that I would imagine is the real story. Just like Iraq, which has more than triple the inmates than under Saddam.

Watch the Kevin Booth documentary American Drug War for more details. Tommy Chong made a documentary to show the public how he was locked up for allowing his son to sell glass pipes online which is legal in all 50 states. A few months before they busted him, one county passed a law making it illegal and they set up a sting in that county without informing Chong. To top it off, Chong was raided last week by the Feds who confiscated 10,000 copies of his documentary. I think it was called The U.S. vs. Tommy Chong or something like that. I'm sure it's up on Google Vid somewhere.

5/19/2008 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture that's posted is actually Pelican Bay State Prison in California.

2/20/2009 02:39:00 PM  

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