Could It Happen To You?

Is it really that easy for the U.S. government to keep someone in solitary for nine months on evidence so shoddy that once the facts have to be produced, 98% of the charges get dropped? As Judge James Parker said last week, "The Executive Branch has enormous power, the abuse of which can be devastating to our citizens." And it exercises this power more often than you might think.

Last November the government was forced to release Nasser Ahmed, who had spent 3 1/2 years in jail without ever being tried or formally charged with a crime. He had been...

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