This video from the USA is called HRF’s Daphne Eviatar on CBS News – Bagram: The Other Guantanamo?
From the BBC:
Afghans ‘abused at secret prison’ at Bagram airbase
By Hilary Andersson
BBC News, Bagram
Afghan prisoners are being abused in a “secret jail” at Bagram airbase, according to nine witnesses whose stories the BBC has documented.
The abuses are all said to have taken place since US President Barack Obama was elected, promising to end torture.
The US military has denied the existence of a secret detention site and promised to look into allegations.
Bagram was the site of a controversial jail holding hundreds of inmates, who have now been moved to another complex.
The old prison was notorious for allegations of prisoner torture and abuse.
But witnesses told the BBC in interviews or written testimony that abuses continue in a hidden facility.
“They call it the Black Hole,” said 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 that will harm us.”
Sher Agha and others we interviewed complained their cells were very cold.
“When I wanted to sleep and started shivering with cold I started reciting the holy Koran,” he said.
But sleep, according to the prisoners interviewed, is deliberately prevented in this detention site.
“I could not sleep, nobody could sleep because there was a machine that was making noise,” said Mirwais, who said he was held in the secret jail for 24 days.
“There was a small camera in my cell, and if you were sleeping they’d come in and disturb you,” he added.
The prisoners, who were interviewed separately, all told very similar stories. Most of them said they had been beaten by American soldiers at the point of arrest before being taken to the prison.
Mirwais had half a row of teeth missing, which he said was from being struck with the butt of a gun by an American soldier.
No-one said they were visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross during their detention at the site, and they all said that their families did not know where they were.
In the small concrete cells, the prisoners said, a light was on all the time. They said they could not tell if it was night or day and described this as very disturbing.
Mirwais said he was made to dance to music by American soldiers every time he wanted to use the toilet.
The ex-prisoners said they were imprisoned at the secret jail before being taken to the main detention centre at the Bagram airbase, a new complex called The Detention Facility in Parwan.
In 2002, two prisoners were killed in the Bagram prison while in US custody after being suspended from the ceilings of their cells and brutally beaten. …
The US military itself has admitted that about 80% of those at Bagram are probably not hardened terrorists. It is the process of giving every detainee an internal military trial of sorts, called a Detainee Review Board.
The prisoners are represented by soldiers who are not lawyers.
“To this date, no prisoner has ever seen a lawyer in Bagram”, said Tina Foster, who represents several of Bagram’s prisoners in cases she has filed in on their behalf in the US. Guantanamo Bay‘s prisoners are able to see their lawyers.
About 100 prisoners have been released through this process, but due to an increased intake, the number of prisoners at Parwan is now 800, up from about 650 in September 2009.
The BBC put the allegations of ongoing abuses as a secret site on the airbase to the US military at Bagram. The military categorically denied the existence of a secret detention site.
Every time I’ve written a post here on the subject of the secret U.S. prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan — a prison where, according to reports, at least one detainee has died as a result of harsh treatment — commenters here have pooh-poohed the notion. Today, they have to argue with the Red Cross and the BBC: here.
From Army Technology:
The Danish Government will cut the number of troops operating in Afghanistan in 2011 as part of country’s new disengagement strategy, according to Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.
If the [Canadian] interrogator thought a detainee was lying, the military sent him to NDS for more questions, Afghan style. Translation: abuse and torture: here.
Afghan officials are refusing to release information about the fate of three Italian medics who were detained last week after they revealed the high civilian toll of Nato offensives in Helmand province: here.
A passionate young Afghan has dreams for her life, but her three brothers have another plan: Marry her off to an older cousin for $20,000. The scenario is not uncommon: here.
WASHINGTON, Apr 18, 2010 (IPS) – An opinion survey of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province funded by the U.S. Army has revealed that 94 percent of respondents support negotiating with the Taliban over military confrontation with the insurgent group and 85 percent regard the Taliban as “our Afghan brothers”: here.
USA: According to a formerly secret email message made public Thursday, Bush-era CIA head Porter J. Goss agreed to the destruction of about 100 videos depicting the repeated waterboarding and other torture of two alleged Al Qaeda prisoners at a secret Thailand prison: here.