Temporary Detention Sites

(updated December 15, 2011 by Jacqueline Pimpinelli)

According to Kimberly Dozier in an Associated Press Report published in the Huffington Post on April 8, 2011, unnamed U.S. officials have revealed details of the top-secret network of militaryrun jails used by the U.S. for temporary detention. While the Pentagon has stated that suspects are held for a maximum of 14 days in temporary detention absent extraordinary circumstances, Dozier reports that suspects can be held for up to 9 weeks. After the first 14 days in detention, an extension can be requested for 3 weeks for reasons such as “producing good tactical intel” or “too sick to move.” After that, another extension can be requested for an additional month, making a temporary detention of 9 weeks a conceivable possibility. According to army spokesperson Captain Pamela Kunze, the number of detainees in temporary detention sites is classified.

The anonymous sources revealed that there are approximately 20 temporary detention sites. “The most secretive…is run by the military’s elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base. It’s responsible for questioning high-value targets, the detainees suspected of top roles in the Taliban, al-Qaida or other militant groups.” This particular site is alleged to be located only a short drive from the DFIP.

Former detainees claim to have been held for weeks at the Joint Special Operations Command site. While at the site, detainees allege, they were interrogated, subjected to humiliation and told that they could be held there indefinitely. “Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye denies the allegations, insisting the detainees are treated in accordance with U.S. detention laws, rewritten since the Bush era to prohibit the harshest interrogation techniques.” See the full article written by Kimberly Dozier, Afghanistan Secret Prisons Co nfirmed by U.S., Huffington Post, April 8, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/08/afghanistan-secret-prison_n_846545.html. (originally published by the Associated Press).