A Detainee’s Story: NYT and MoJo

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The Times has an excellent article today about a man named Laith al-Ani who was held for two years by the Americans in Iraq even though he was never accused of any wrong doing. It’s a fascinating look at his personal saga and the state of the detention system in Iraq more generally. The use of Tasers plays a big role. Well worth a read.

In our September/October issue of last year, Mother Jones wrote a similar article, titled “A Detainee’s Story: The Man Who Has Been to America.” The detainee in our story had been through quite an experience — “four prisons, three countries, two years,” including a trip to Guantanamo. Check it out as well.

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