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White House Consider Housing International Terrorism Suspects At Bagram Air Base Instead Of GTM

Posted by Info on 22/03/2010

The White House is considering whether to detain international terrorism suspects at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an option that would lead to another prison with the same purpose as Guantanamo Bay, which it has promised to close.

That the option of detaining suspects captured outside Afghanistan at Bagram is being contemplated reflects a recognition by the Obama administration that it has few other places to hold and interrogate foreign prisoners without giving them access to the U.S. court system.

Without a location outside the United States for sending prisoners, the administration must resort to turning the suspects over to foreign governments, bringing them to the U.S. or even killing them.

In one case last year, U.S. special operations forces killed an Al Qaeda-linked suspect named Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in a helicopter attack in southern Somalia rather than trying to capture him, a U.S. official said.

Officials had debated trying to take him alive but decided against doing so in part because of uncertainty over where to hold him, the official added.

U.S. officials find such options unappealing for handling suspects they want to question but lack the evidence to prosecute. …No one particularly likes any of the choices before us right now, but Bagram may be the least bad among them, a senior Defense official said.

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