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    A GROWING AFGHAN PRISON RIVALS BLEAK GUANTÁNAMO TIM GOLDEN and ERIC SCHMITT, 2/26/06 http://nytimes.com/2006/02/26/international/26bagram.html While an
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      A GROWING AFGHAN PRISON RIVALS BLEAK GUANTÁNAMO
      TIM GOLDEN and ERIC SCHMITT, 2/26/06
      http://nytimes.com/2006/02/26/international/26bagram.html


      While an international debate rages over the future of the American
      detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the military has quietly
      expanded another, less-visible prison in Afghanistan, where it now
      holds some 500 terror suspects in more primitive conditions,
      indefinitely and without charges.

      Pentagon Plans to Tell Names of Detainees (February 26, 2006) Pentagon
      officials have often described the detention site at Bagram, a
      cavernous former machine shop on an American air base 40 miles north
      of Kabul, as a screening center. They said most of the detainees were
      Afghans who might eventually be released under an amnesty program or
      transferred to an Afghan prison that is to be built with American aid.

      But some of the detainees have already been held at Bagram for as long
      as two or three years. And unlike those at Guantánamo, they have no
      access to lawyers, no right to hear the allegations against them and
      only rudimentary reviews of their status as "enemy combatants,"
      military officials said.

      Privately, some administration officials acknowledge that the
      situation at Bagram has increasingly come to resemble the legal void
      that led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling in June 2004 affirming the
      right of prisoners at Guantánamo to challenge their detention in
      United States courts.

      While Guantánamo offers carefully scripted tours for members of
      Congress and journalists, Bagram has operated in rigorous secrecy
      since it opened in 2002. It bars outside visitors except for the
      International Red Cross and refuses to make public the names of those
      held there. The prison may not be photographed, even from a distance.

      From the accounts of former detainees, military officials and soldiers
      who served there, a picture emerges of a place that is in many ways
      rougher and more bleak than its counterpart in Cuba. Men are held by
      the dozen in large wire cages, the detainees and military sources
      said, sleeping on the floor on foam mats and, until about a year ago,
      often using plastic buckets for latrines. Before recent renovations,
      they rarely saw daylight except for brief visits to a small exercise
      yard. (MORE)

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