Saturday, September 24, 2011

One more prison

Over at Glenn Greenwald's he has a rundown on the new prison we - the US - is building in Bagram. Yeah. Even if - and at this point, that's one helluvan if - Obama shuts down Gunatanamo, we'll just have another black hole out there to dump people into. Without due process. Without anyone to speak for them. Without even being able to hear the charges against them. Forever, if we want.


And Greenwald notes:
One last point: recall how many people insisted that the killing of Osama bin Laden would lead to a drawdown in the War on Terror generally and the war in Afghanistan specifically. Since then -- in just four months since bin Laden's corpse was dumped into the ocean -- the U.S. has done the following: renewed the Patriot Act for four years with no reforms; significantly escalated drone attacks in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan; tried to assassinate U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki with no due process; indicted a 24-year-old Muslim for "material support for Terrorism" for uploading an anti-American YouTube clip after he talked to the son of a Terrorist leader; pressured Iraq to keep U.S. troops in that country; argued that it has the virtually unlimited right to kill anyone it wants anywhere in the world; and now finalized plans to build a sprawling new prison in Afghanistan. If that's winding things down, I sure would hate to see what a redoubling of the American commitment to Endless War looks like.

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