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AP: Terror Suspects in Afghanistan Can Be Held for Weeks in Secret

In a report issued this Friday, April 8, 2011, the AP reports that suspected terrorists in Afghanistan continue to be held in covert U.S. military-run detention facilities where they can be interrogated for up to nine weeks before being charged.

The report cites U.S. officials who revealed details of what the AP calls “the top-secret network” of jails. The AP reports that interrogators can request detention extensions for up to nine weeks if the detainee is providing valuable intelligence, although the military says it only holds detainees for up to 14 days unless ‘extraordinary circumstances’ warrant an extension.  

AP reports the existence of roughly 20 such sites.  Among them, the most secretive is run by the military’s elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base, and that some instances of ‘harsh’ treatment have been alleged.

“More than a dozen former detainees claimed they were menaced and held for weeks at the Joint Special Operations Command [JSOC] site last year, forced to strip naked, then kept in solitary confinement in windowless, often cold cells with lights on 24 hours a day, according to Daphne Eviatar of the group Human Rights First, which interviewed them in Afghanistan.” 

For the full text of the article, click below:

AP Exclusive: Terror Suspects Held Weeks in Secret (AP)


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