Advertise on NYTimes.com U.S. to Expand Review of Detainees in Afghan Prison

The new Pentagon guidelines would assign a United States military official to each of the roughly 600 detainees at the American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. These officials would not be lawyers but could for the first time gather witnesses and evidence, including classified material, on behalf of the detainees to challenge their detention in proceedings before a military-appointed review board.

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This may look like an improvement for these prisoners of war, but - in terms of the normal practices of American jurisprudence - these little refinements are woefully beneath the standards of true American justice.

In fact, had these people actually been tried under American law, the cases upon which they were detained would fall apart in a heartbeat.

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