On al Jazeera’s (AJE) “The Riz Khan Show”, leading journalist on Guantánamo Bay Andy Worthington and former Reagan and Bush I Administration U.S. Attorney David Rivkin discuss the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Bagram has been routinely referred to as “The Other Guantánamo”. Mr. Worthington comments on this appearance at his blog (22:31):
Part One (12:09):
Part Two (10:22):
29 Sep 09 | AJE
Former detainees at the Bagram detention centre north of Kabul claim that they have been abused.
They say many of the interrogation techniques used in Guantanamo are also being used in Bagram, which holds about 600 prisoners.
Beatings and death threats are a common occurrence at the U.S. detention centre in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama, the U.S. president, has promised to close Guantanamo early next year.
But he has said little about Bagram and there are no public details of who is being detained there, what they are being held for and how they are being treated.
On Tuesday’s show we look at the conditions and treatment of detainees inside Bagram.
Joining Riz to doscuss this is David Rivkin, who served in the justice department in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. He argues that closing Guantanamo will hurt the war effort.
Also on the show is Andy Worthington, the author of The Guantanamo Files which provides accounts from Guantanamo prisoners on the conditions they face. He also highlights abuses at Bagram on his blog.
For more on Fouad al-Rabiah, read Mr. Worthington’s recent article at “‘Shocking Story’ of Innocent Gitmo Detainee Tortured Into False Confessions“
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- Ex-Detainees Describe Abuse at ‘The Other Guantanamo’ (Video)
- Transparency on Bagram Detentions Needed from Obama Administration
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