Here is a video posted to YouTube last month, providing a "tour" of the new Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP):
As noted in the video, DFIP is taking the place of the old Bagram prison and is in the process of being transferred to Afghan control. In reading further about the facility, I found this article describing a visit by a high-ranking Navy official:
Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Vice Adm. Peter H. Daly visited the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP) and the adjoining Camp Sabalu Harrison in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, Mar. 20 to get a closer look at the contributions made by individual augmentee (IA) Sailors assigned here.
I hadn’t seen Camp Sabalu Harrison mentioned before, so I did a bit of searching on that name. It turns out that Camp Sabalu Harrison is a housing area for troops near the prison named for two US soldiers killed in 2007:
A pair of houses at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, have been dedicated in memory of two American soldiers killed by an allegedly mentally disturbed member of the Afghan security forces.
The houses were named last week in honor of Army Col. James W. Harrison Jr. and Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., who both were assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, which trains and equips the new Afghan forces. The two men were killed May 6 when the Afghan soldier opened fire on their convoy near Pol-e-Charki prison, Afghanistan.
This Military Times copy of an AP article has more on the shooting:
Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr., 36, of Chicago and Col. James W. Harrison, 47, of Missouri died Sunday at Pul-e-Charkhi, about 20 miles east of Kabul, of wounds suffered from small arms fire, the Department of Defense said in a statement.
The gunman was an Afghan soldier posted outside the prison, which is being revamped to house Afghans transferred from Guantanamo Bay. The gunman was shot dead by other Afghan troops.
Harrison, Sabalu and two other U.S. soldiers who were wounded in the shootings worked as mentors to Afghan troops providing external security for the prison, the Army said Sunday.
So, one version of the story describes the Afghan soldier who was the shooter as "mentally disturbed" and the other states both that he was stationed outside the prison and that the victims were mentoring Afghan soldiers who provided external security for the prison.
I can’t help wondering whether the shooter also had duties inside the prison at Pol-e-Charki. Could his "mental illness" have been caused by being present during, or even being ordered to administer, torture? Note that this same period in 2007 is one focus of the inquiry into torture of prisoners turned over to the Afghans by Canadian forces.
So, even though some were asking the appropriate questions in 2007, both US and Canadian forces were continuing to turn prisoners over to the Afghans at Pol-e-Charki at the time this shooting occurred.
Of course, torture and deaths were not restricted just to Afghan jailers, as the original Bagram prison was the site of atrocities at the hands of US jailers.
Given the horrible history of torture and murder at Bagram and Pol-e-Charki, I don’t hold out much hope that DFIP (or at the very least, nearby still-secret facilities) will leave those practices in the past.