"The Obama administration is preparing new rules that would give hundreds of prisoners being held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan the right to challenge their detentions, according to published reports.
The guidelines would for the first time allow about 600 prisoners held at an American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base to call witnesses and submit evidence in their defense, The Washington Post and New York Times reported in stories Saturday on the Web.
The guidelines came to light as the Obama administration is reviewing Bush-era detention policies and determining where to make changes.
The proposed rules were given to Congress in mid-July for a 60-day review and were expected to be made public this week.
Under the rules, prisoners would have military-assigned representatives charged with gathering evidence and calling witnesses on their behalf. That process is similar to the one used for detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Unlike those prisoners, the Bagram detainees have had no means to challenge their detentions -- some of which have stretched for years -- or to hear allegations against them."
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