Observers have long worried about the over-crowded and chaotic detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, where torture and murder of detainees has occurred under the command of George W. Bush. Now another ominous sign:
In a confidential memorandum last summer, the Red Cross said dozens of prisoners had been held incommunicado for weeks or even months in a previously undisclosed warren of isolation cells at Bagram, two American officials said. The Red Cross said the prisoners were kept from its inspectors and sometimes subjected to cruel treatment in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions, one of the officials said.
By the end of this administration, the Geneva Conventions will have suffered a bigger blow from their original champion than any in their history.