Maybe Bagram Will Be the New Gitmo
Administration ponders how best to handle detainees
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2010 7:14 AM CDT
Critics wonder if the new guidelines lead to the same conditions present at Gitmo.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – President Obama's security team is for the first time writing guidelines on how to handle captured terror suspects—specifically on whether any will be allowed to be detained indefinitely without trial, the Los Angeles Times reports. Draft guidelines predict that will be necessary for a small number of detainees, with Bagram air base in Afghanistan the most likely location for interrogation.

Putting the new policy in writing raises tough questions about how far Obama will move away from controversial Bush-era detention methods. Critics have delayed approval of the plan, the Times notes, fearing it will result in essentially the same kind of long-term detentions common at, say, Gitmo, which Obama has vowed to shut down.