Foiling U.S. Plan, Prison Expands in Afghanistan 1/7/08
Bagram: photos, more
Keeping the Prisons Tight Posted by Joshua Foust on January 7th, 2008
The news that the Bagram U.S. torture center is still operating at full capacity, and even expanding, instead of the not-really-constructed ANA facility, doesn’t bode well for the rule of law in Afghanistan. Bagram is far more spartan and less friendly than the much-heralded Guantanamo prison; yet it has received a fraction of the attention (which is unfortunately normal when it comes to Afghanistan).
They better get their act together: Mullah Naqibullah, one of the Taliban’s top commanders, has escaped from prison and given several interviews to reporters. He claims he escaped by bribing security officials—not impossible, but also quite probably calculated to undercut confidence in the Kabul government and the security forces. But it does underscore the structural problems facing Afghanistan’s internal security—the same problems that are delaying Bagram’s replacement by an Afghan-run facility.