US/Afghanistan Dispute: US wants prisoners held even if they can't be convicted. Afghans want due process.Submitted by ralph hornsby on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:43
Dispute over high-risk prisoners threatens to disrupt U.S.-Afghan talks
By Karen DeYoung and Kevin Sieff, for The Washington Post | March 14, 2013
*Suggestion* Add comments to the Washington Post article. It looks like there are some people starting to wake up over there. Spread your liberty ideas far and wide on these mainstream rags. The writers DO read many of the comments and will tailor their stuff to what public likes lots of the time...unless you outright slam all the Dems, but they will listen to antiwar views.
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A dispute over the fate of about three dozen militants held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan has disrupted negotiations over a long-term security agreement to leave U.S. troops in the country after 2014.
The United States has refused to turn over the prisoners — deemed especially dangerous compared with more than 3,000 already transferred to Afghan control — unless President Hamid Karzai guarantees they will not be released. He has so far declined.
As tensions have risen in recent days, Karzai has accused the United States of breaking an agreement on the transfers. On Tuesday, he warned that his government might move to take over the U.S.-supervised prison at Bagram air base where they are held. During a visit last weekend by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Karzai accused the United States of torturing Afghan civilians and colluding with the Taliban to prolong the war.
The U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., ordered American troops to intensify security measures on Wednesday out of concern that Karzai’s statements are creating a greater risk of attack from rogue Afghan security forces and insurgents.
The Obama administration considers the detainee problem a short-term disagreement unrelated to the strategic negotiations on Afghanistan’s future security. But Karzai has linked the two issues, drawing a direct line between U.S. acceptance of Afghanistan’s legal sovereignty and the U.S. demand that Afghanistan grant legal immunity to American troops within its borders after the 2014 withdrawal.