In an effort to capture enemy combatants during the War on Terror the United States implemented a bounty program offering monetary rewards for information on, or the surrender of, possible enemy combatants. The bounty system has been beneficial in bringing forward actionable information against enemy combatants because it has functioned as a strong motivator, but that may also have led to the detention of innocent civilians at both Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Airbase. Turning over individuals to U.S. troops was <Read More>
“After a while I lost all hope that I would ever leave Bagram. I accepted that I would never be free.”
Jibran, ex-detainee from Bagram
This statement reflects the longstanding problems with the indefinite detention at Bagram. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, many individuals were captured by US forces to obtain information and restore the nation’s security. Today, there are over 50 people detained by the United States at Bagram with no release date in sight. The <Read More>
A Possible U.S. and Taliban Peace?
With the district court granting the government’s motion to dismiss in Al Maqaleh, habeas continues to be unavailable to the detainees. But besides litigation there are other political factors that may alter U.S. detention policy and help determine what will happen to these men.
One such factor is whether the U.S is able to improve its relationship with the Taliban. Some Taliban figures have indicated interest in a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan, which may <Read More>