U.S. General Calls for Release of Most Bagram Detainees

This morning, NPR reported that Marine Maj. Gen. Doug Stone has released a 700-page report to military officials about the detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The doozy: in his opinion, 400 of the 600 detainees currently at detention center "can be released, as there is little evidence against them and they pose no threat."

In April, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Departments of Justice, State, Defense and the CIA asking for the release of basic information such as how many people are imprisoned at Bagram, who they are, how long they’ve been detained, and where and under what circumstances they were captured. We also requested records about the process for prisoners to challenge their detention and designation as "enemy combatants."

The government has been far from responsive. The DOD basically told us: we have all of that information, but we're not giving it to you. The CIA came back with its typical answer of total secrecy that it could "neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive."

We've sent letters to both agencies appealing these decisions. Melissa Goodman, the ACLU attorney who filed the Bagram FOIA, said in an op-ed in al-Jazeera today:

There are serious concerns that Bagram is another Guantánamo – except with many more prisoners, less due process, no access to lawyers or courts and reportedly worse conditions. As long as the Bagram prison is shrouded in secrecy, there is no way to know the truth or begin to address the problems that exist there.

So with today's news that most of the detainees there can and should be released, why does the Obama administration continue to withhold basic information about them? Will Bagram be Obama's Gitmo? Because secret detention didn’t work out so well for the last administration.

h/t: Daphne Eviatar

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I wonder if Obama remebers he was supposed to be different from Bush?


Where would you put them?
These are animals that will kill innocents again. These people are not your friends. They would cut the heads off of babies to make a point. The ACLU wants to treat them fairly.You have to treat a rabid dog as a rabid dog.


Anonymous, BINGO my friend! There are two types of people you cannot negotiate with; Terrorists (that would be the taliban and al queda) and thieves...
I think we should execute one prisoner for every soldier we lose in theater by feeding them pork until they puke and then cutting their heads off and dropping their remains over their training camps... Think that will get their attention? Probably not as they are nothing but a bunch of animals, one step up from neanderthals!

Donald Wallace

You people are idiots. Read about an American who was tortured.

I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967..a squadron commander.
After I returned in 1973.. I published 2 books that dealt a lot with "real torture" in Hanoi . Our make believe president is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.

As for me, put thru a mock execution, because I would not respond...pistol whipped on the head...same event... Couple of days later...hung by my feet all day. I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later.. I got shot and recaptured. Shot was OK...what happened after was not.

They marched me to Vinh.. put me in the rope trick, trick..almost pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my un-shot, unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms...re-broke my right wrist...wiped out the nerves in my arms that control the hands..rolled my fingers up into a ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. So I started answering with some incredible lies.

Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.

Hanoi ..on my knees..rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.

Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.

Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.

Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.

Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru kneeling holes.

There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of a large building because of escape..they started a mass torture of all commanders.

I think it was July 7, 1969..they started beating me with a car fan belt. In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes..then stopped counting because I never thought I would live thru it.

They continued day-nite torture to get me to confess to a non-existent part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees..fan belting.. cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. opened up both knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger..I could not lie on my back.

They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape..and that my 2 room-mates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie.

They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12rh..to 14 October 1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.

Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to the world that we ( U.S. ) are a bunch of torturers.. Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they catch us.....because that is what the U.S. does.

Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks that pouring a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of women's pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE. He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness who was also in my squadron in jail .... as was John McCain ... and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture ... or that "water boarding" is torture.

Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great country are a disgrace to the United States . Please pass this info on to Sean Hannity. He is free to use it to point out the stupidity of the claims that water boarding ...which has no after effect... is torture. If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC ... hurrah for the guy who poured the water.


George Everett "Bud" Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S. .. service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions in combat.. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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