Once again, the United States has officially handed over the keys to the Bagram detention center to the Afghans. Only just as with the previous agreement to do exactly the same thing, the U.S. military will actually not be handing over all of the detainees in its control.
At least 50 U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks report on the U.S. government's contacts and negotiations with foreign governments over U.S. detainee policies, requests to resettle detainees, and follow-up on resettlements.
With Gitmo celebrating another anniversary, it's a good time to revisit a fantastic McClatchy series, which addressed who the detainees were, and what happened in the prisons the Bush administration set up in Afghanistan and Cuba.
New Bagram detainee procedures, while not all bad, fail to create a fair and effective detention system that will be credible in the eyes of the Afghan government, the Afghan people, and human rights groups.
The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.
The U.S. military finally seems to have learned that dropping bombs on civilians isn't the way to win the hearts and minds of Afghans. But neither is grabbing people out of their houses and jailing them.