More Detainees Than Ever

Here's an interesting nugget from the new Foreign Policy magazine blog:

"Despite public statements after the Abu Ghraib scandal indicating that the United States would reduce the Iraqi prison population, the Brookings Iraq Index released this week shows it has more than doubled since June 2004. There are now around 15,000 Iraqi prisoners held by U.S. and Allied forces, in addition to those held by the local authorities. Compare that to the estimated size of the insurgency, between 15,000 and 20,000, and that gives an indication of how wide the net has been cast."

With so many military detainees, it's just as well we have firm guidelines to deal with them, isn't it?