Prisoner’s Dilemma: Mother Jones’ coverage of U.S. detainee policy since 9/11.


Waiting for Gitmo
Inside Guantanamo, where some 660 detainees of questionable intelligence value await a judgment that may never come.
By Nicholas M. Horrock and Anwar Iqbal
January/February 2004 Issue

From Bagram to Abu Ghraib
For nearly three years U.S. military authorities have been investigating evidence of torture at American prisons in Afghanistan. But instead of disciplining those involved, the Pentagon sent them to Iraq.
By Emily Bazelon
March/April 2005 Issue

Torture and Truth
Tracing the origins—and the aftermath—of what happened at Abu Ghraib.
Mark Danner
Interviewed By Dave Gilson

December 7, 2004

The Bad Guy
Gangbanger, fifth columnist, radical Muslim, poor fatherless Puerto Rican—is it mere coincidence that in Jose Padilla the government has the perfect fall guy?
By Miles Harvey
March/April 2003 Issue

One Liberty at a Time
From the cages at Guantanamo to a jail cell in Brooklyn, the administration isn’t just threatening the rights of a few detainees—it’s undermining the very foundation of democracy.
By Anthony Lewis
May/June 2004 Issue

Trial by Fury
After the revelations about prisoner abuse and flimsy terrorism cases, is it time to reconsider the fate of John Walker Lindh?
By Susan Orenstein
November/December 2004 Issue

Inside the Wire: An Interview With Erik Saar

A former military linguist at Guantanamo describes a dysfunctional facility where prisoner abuse was all but inevitable.
Interviewed By Onnesha Roychoudhuri
May 24, 2005

Do Non-Americans Have Human Rights?
A lawyer fights to represent detainees at Guantanamo and Bagram.
Clive Stafford Smith

Interviewed By Onnesha Roychoudhuri

February 23, 2005

One Big, Bad Apple? An Interview With Avi Cover

Convinced that authorized prison abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan, two rights groups are bringing suit against Donald Rumsfeld.
Interviewed By Onnesha Roychoudhuri
March 23, 2005

The Torn Fabric of the Law: An Interview With Michael Ratner

One key battle in the war on terror is being fought in courtrooms. And the administration isn’t winning there, either.
Interviewed By Onnesha Roychoudhuri
March 21, 2005

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