This video is the TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE film trailer; about torture to death of a taxi driver in Bagram in Afghanistan. See also here.
Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
Parliament: close down Bagram prison
November 24 2009, 18:48, Updated November 24, 2009 18:52
THE HAGUE – The Lower House wants Minister Maxime Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) to insist to the Afghan government and U.S. authorities that Bagram prison in Afghanistan should be closed down. This so-called “secret prison” is managed by the U.S. big brass of the armed forces in that country.
A majority of the House agreed Tuesday with a proposal by the Dutch Socialist Party (SP). The Netherlands have already called for the closure of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where people were
imprisoned without fair trial. The SP urged last week in the House that Verhagen should do this about the prison in Bagram as well. But Verhagen did not want to. The main thing for him is that people get a fair trial. And he is insisting on that, the minister said. “It’s not about the building.”
Mr Verhagen, like in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram prisoners do not get a trial, let alone a fair trial. They just get torture.
Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war: here.
- The other Guantanamo (newstatesman.com)
- US still holding detainees without charges at Bagram: report (jurist.org)
- New report reveals effects of US detention without charge at Bagram (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military’s ‘Other Guantanamo’ (rinf.com)
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
As the President prepares to announce a decision on escalation in Afghanistan, Brave New Foundation brings you this rare and important testimony of two former prisoners at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Their experiences serve as an important reminder of what this war looks like to the Afghan civilian population.
Watch the video: http://rethinkafghanistan.com/blog/?p=1010
Gathering footage like this is a tricky and sometimes dangerous endeavor. To talk to these two former prisoners, we tracked down Tina Foster from the International Justice Network, who provided us with the habeus corpus petition her organization had filed on behalf of Abdul Raqeeb, who at that time was imprisoned at Bagram. Next we got in touch with the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization about interviewing Raqeeb’s brother, Noor.
Eventually Abdul was released and we arranged for both brothers to travel to Kabul, because it was too risky for our camera crew to travel outside of the city. There they met with our field producer on the ground in Afghanistan.
Even after shooting the interviews, it took our field producer a month to get the footage back to our office in California, because the courier companies cannot send out footage without a letter from the Ministry of Information and Culture. In the end, in fact, she had to fly to Dubai to dispatch the footage from there.
This kind of planning and improvising is necessary when you’re dealing with an undeveloped and war-torn country like Afghanistan. That’s why so few stories like these come out of the mainstream media. And that’s why it’s critical for Brave New Foundation to continue to be able to carry on this work, to show the public what’s really happening in Afghanistan. Support our work so we can continue to document the realities of this disastrous war.
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