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June 13, 2008

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Beyond the Law

Howard Weaver teases an upcoming McClatchy report on the wrongful detainment of (what looks to be) dozens of Guantanamo detainees:

For more than six years, the United States has held hundreds of men at Guantanamo “the worst of the worst,” in the words of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But the truth was different. McClatchy tracked down 66 men released from Guantanamo in the most systematic survey to date of prisoners held there. Many had no connection to terrorism, but their experience turned them against America.
This sounds like it builds on the work done in the masterful This American Life segment “Habeas Schmabeus,” which won a 2006 Peabody Award. (And also brought me close to tears. This American Life has done an incredible job of portraying the tragedy of wrongful imprisonment. The episode “Perfect Evidence” just wrecked me.)

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Posted June 13, 2008 at 2:00 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism
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