Today at 1:00, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver remarks on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and she’ll be taking questions. Here are some we’d like to hear her answer. The event will be webcast live on www.state.gov. We’ll be listening for whether the United States government is keeping human rights at the core of its foreign policy.
Why are third-country nationals imprisoned by the U.S. at Bagram still being held when they have been cleared for release by the military’s Detainee Review Boards? There more than a dozen Pakistanis in this situation. Why?
Finally, what does the failure to release prisoners who have won their hearings before U.S. military officers say to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan about the U.S. respect for the rule of law?
Do you think that the United States is providing adequate due process to the more than 1500 prisoners detained in U.S. custody in Afghanistan when their detention is frequently based on secret classified evidence and they’re not allowed to have a lawyer represent them?
There is increasing anger at the US over drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. What is the Obama Administration doing to make sure that these strikes are not fueling terrorist propaganda against the United States? Can you explain the legal basis for these strikes?
Egypt and the Middle East
Are you satisfied with the progress towards the restoration of civilian government in Egypt? What are you doing to ensure that the removal of President Mubarak leads to a more representative, more democratic government in Cairo?
The Egyptian military is directly implicated in the detention and mistreatment of protesters, what can the U.S. do to ensure that the military authorities in Egypt do not continue the abusive practices of the previous government?
What is the Obama Administration prepared to do beyond expressing “deep concern” about the situation in the Bahrain?
The State department has had a successful program to return home prisoners at Guantanamo who have been cleared for release. How do you respond to Congressional efforts to block those efforts?