US to Build Huge New Prison in Afghanistan

And never mind prison overcrowding at home
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2011 12:30 PM CDT
US to Build Huge New Prison in Afghanistan
In this March 23, 2011 photograph, an Afghan detainee is seen through iron mesh inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

The Obama administration is supposedly determined to cut hundreds of billions in spending, so it struck Glenn Greenwald of Salon as ironic when he noticed that the military last week started soliciting bids for the construction of a massive prison in Bagram, Afghanistan. The facility is to hold approximately 2,000 detainees, and cost between $25 million and $100 million. Never mind, Greenwald notes with disgust, that “in the US prisons are so wildly overcrowded that courts are ordering them to release inmates en masse.”

Nope, budget crisis or no, we’ve got $100 million to expand “the oppressive, due-process-free prison regime” we’re operating around the world. Some have suggested that after killing Osama bin Laden, the US would wind down the War on Terror. Instead we’ve stepped up drone attacks, renewed the Patriot Act, and are now building someplace to detain yet more people without habeas corpus rights. “If that’s winding things down, I sure would hate to see what a redoubling of the American commitment to Endless War looks like.” Click to read his entire piece. (Read more Glenn Greenwald stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.