U.S. to build massive new prison in Afghanistan…

As the Obama administration continues on-going debates with Congress over how many billions of dollars in domestic spending needs to be cut, they began soliciting bids last month for the construction of a new prison in Bagram, Afghanistan. Posted on FedBizOps.Gov website which it uses to announce new privatized spending projects, plans were unveiled for “the construction of Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP), Bagram, Afghanistan” which includes “detainee housing capability for approximately 2000 detainees.”  It will also feature “guard towers, administrative facility and Vehicle/Personnel Access Control Gates, security surveillance and restricted access systems.”  The announcement provided: ”the estimated cost of the project is between $25,000,000 to $100,000,000.”

Earlier this year the Associated Press reported that there were 20 secret detention centers being run by the Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. An “insurgent” can be held inside these centers for up to nine weeks for interrogation without either being turned over to the main U.S. detention facility or obtaining a waiver from the President to hold him longer.

Secret detention centers? Building prisons in foreign countries? I’m sure glad Obama is not following in the footsteps of  the previous administra..oh wait.

 

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