The US detention center at Bagram in Afghanistan could be expanded into a military prison for terrorist suspects detained around the world under one option being considered as White House officials try to find an alternative to Guantánamo Bay, the London Times reports March 22. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, has voiced his opposition, because of the negative publicity it would generate.
Bagram currently houses about 800 detainees, including a small number who were arrested outside Afghanistan under the Bush administration. Under current plans, Bagram is to be handed over to the Afghan government next year. The option under review is apparently for the US military to retain control over one section of the prison for suspects detained outside Afghanistan.