Reforming Afghanistan's Bagram Prison

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Pentagon is restructuring the war effort in Afghanistan, flooding the country with more than 20,000 troops. Now the Pentagon is revamping its detention policies in Afghanistan with lessons learned from Iraq. Among the changes: separating extremists from the rest of the Bagram prison population; focusing on education; offering classes on a moderate form of Islam. Is this move good for detainees, or just for the public relations of the U.S. military? To help answer that question The Takeaway talks to Jonathan Hafetz. He is an attorney in the National Security Project at the ACLU who has represented detainees from Iraq and Bagram and Guantanamo.

Taxi to the Darkside is a 2007 documentary about the death of an Afghani taxi driver detained at Bagram:

Guests:

Jonathan Hafetz

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya and Lynn Sherr

Contributors:

Melissa Locker

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