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July 24, 2011

Detained and Denied in Afghanistan

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Most Americans are familiar with Guantanamo Bay. This week's FirstCast focuses on the much larger detention facility at the U.S. airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan. There are actually more than 2000 prisoners being held indefinitely in Afghanistan, more than ten times as many held in Guantanamo Bay.

Interestingly, just since President Obama took office, the number of detainees in custody, who are without due process, has more than tripled. Human Rights First's Daphne Eviatar and Gabor Rona discuss the implications of Bagram in Afghan society as we find out more details about U.S. detention process in Afghanistan—including the revelation of what an "enduring security threat" means—and as the United States begin to pull military troops out of the country.

Read our report: Detained and Denied in Afghanistan