After months of arguing over who should control the practice of American troops performing armed raids of the homes of Afghanistan’s citizens, the US Government and the Afghan government have apparently agreed on how such intrusions on peoples’ homes may continue. Via the New York Times:
The agreement gives Afghan forces a lead role in the operations, and also brings the raids under Afghan legal jurisdiction by requiring a court warrant within 48 hours of a raid in order to continue detention of any suspects.
What a relief. I’m sure that the people of Afghanistan will be reassured to know that when armed soldiers crash through their doors in the middle of the night, arrest anyone they choose and detain them at some unknown location for at least 48 hours, that the bewildered and intimidated family — assuming they weren’t shot up during the break in because they thought their homes were under assault from armed criminals — will be allowed to ask without fear about where their family members are being held.
Then, if they can figure out how, they’ll be able to plead for their release in front a non-existent Afghan judiciary paid by the US and fully conversant with and respectful of the law of probable cause. Finally, assuming there is such a court and they can find it and aren’t intimidated about using it, the families can wait with full confidence as the US and/or its bought and paid for Afghan military think about releasing someone after the troops, the Afghan intelligence services, the CIA and whoever else is involved are done questioning them in the usual humane manner.
That should win their hearts and minds.
This is such a great solution, I propose we bring it to America. From now on, joint US and Afghan forces should be allowed to break down the doors to American homes in the middle of the night and haul away anyone they want and not worry about answering for it for a couple of days or so, if ever. And all that Stand Your Ground stuff when people carrying assault rifles are knocking down your front door? Why, that only applies when it’s convenient for Americans. The Afghans don’t understand such niceties.