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Former Bagram Detainee Describes "Completely Wild" Arrest, Interrogation By US Troops

Huffington Post Contributor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

* Scroll down for the Pentagon's response. Text and photos by Jonathan Horowitz, a consultant working in Afghanistan for the Open Society Institute. ...

Reading the Pictures: Bagram: Nobody Here But Us Humanitarians

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2009-07-21-shaw0721.jpgOne of the hallmarks of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns has been the absurd disconnect between what the military showcases for the visual media as compared to what is happening "on the ground."

Afghanistan Villages Threatened By US Military Over Kidnapped Soldier

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the aftermath of a US soldier's abduction by Afghan Taliban forces, the US military is disbursing leaflets in two towns near particularly dangerous...

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

Bagram Detainees Accuse US Of Beatings, Stress Positions, Humiliation, Dog Threats

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC....

3 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan After Obama Stresses Need To Fight Extremists

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Taliban militants detonated a bomb and opened fire on a vehicle carrying U.S. soldiers on Thursday, killing three of them, as President ...

Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills Civilian Family Of At Least 6 Near Bagram

Quqnoos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least six civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a civilian vehicle in Bagram on Tuesday, officials said. The civilians, including t...

Obama to Offer Blindfolds and Ear Plugs to All Americans

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Until we take off our blindfolds, until we truly hold accountable those who authorized these heinous acts, we will continue to endanger not only ourselves, but our troops.

Judge Gladys Kessler Releases Yemeni Detainee, Slams "Mosaic" Of Guantanamo Intelligence And Unreliable Witnesses

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am surprised that senior Obama officials seem to have been content to let a Bush-era approach to prosecution survive unchanged.

US Soldiers in Afghanistan Told to "Hunt People for Jesus... So We Get Them into the Kingdom" (Video)

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Trying to convert Muslims to any other faith is a crime in Afghanistan. The fact that the video footage is being broadcast on Al Jazeera guarantees that it will be seen throughout the Muslim world.

Torture In US Goes Unprosecuted Beyond Gitmo (VIDEO)

Huffington Post Contributor | John Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By John Hamilton Finally, there's been a criminal indictment for acts of torture. No, this isn't a case involving CIA operatives waterboarding high-...

Jason Linkins

Colbert Torches Obama On Bagram Decision (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While he only dedicated the first two minutes of his show to the issue, Stephen Colbert's mini-segment on President Barack Obama's decision to preserv...

Will Obama Block Release of Key Bush-era Torture Memos?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As has been pointed out by journalists, human rights lawyers and critics, President Obama has continued -- and continues to defend -- some of the Bush administration's most repressive "War on Terror" policies.

Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

What would a "pirate" defense actually look like? Remember, some Somalis -- and other international observers -- do not exactly see the "pirates" as being 100% unjustified in their actions.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Bagram Detainees Decision 'Eerily Familiar'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Washington Independent's Daphne Eviatar does a great service today, explaining, with a good deal of precision, how President Barack Obama's recent...

Defending Bush, Obama Administration Appeals Court Decision Allowing Detainees To Challenge Imprisonment

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Recently, Judge John Bates ruled that some prisoners at the Air Force base in Bagram have a right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. civilian cou...

Justice Extends To Bagram, Guantanamo's Dark Mirror

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Whereas Gitmo prisoners had, over the years, secured habeas corpus rights, none of these privileges had been extended to the prisoners in Bagram.

Bagram Prisoners Can Challenge Detention In US Courts

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Thursday that some prisoners in the war on terror can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention a...

Will Afghanistan Become President Obama's War?

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

In a stunning historic irony, while U.S. troops and CIA teams were turning over ever rock in Afghanistan looking for Osama bin Laden, the gravest national security threat was on Wall Street.

Obama's Refusal To Reverse Bush Policy In Afghanistan Angers Human Rights Groups

The Independent | By Stephen Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Less than a month after signing an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, President Barack Obama has quietly agreed to keep denying ...

Obama Backs Bush On Bagram Detainees

AP | NEDRA PICKLER and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional r...

Strange Bedfellows at Guantánamo

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

I've been observing the military commissions since 2004, and Guantánamo never felt more surreal or otherworldly than it did in what we hope were its ...

Pentagon Keeps Mum on Who's At Bagram

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ProPublica

An untold portion of the 600 detainees at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan were captured outside the country while engaged in peaceful activities and imprisoned alongside Afghan warriors.

Afghan Prison At Bagram Poses Problem For Obama

Nytimes.com | ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- For months, a national debate has raged over the fate of the 245 detainees at the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba...

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.