In the Wake of the “Guantanamo Papers,” Few People Know about Secretive Prisons on US Soil

by Will Potter on May 3, 2011

in Terrorism Prisoners

kpfk los angelesWikileaks recently released what have been called the “Guantanamo Papers,” described by the New York Times as “a chilling reminder of the legal and moral disaster that President George W. Bush created there.” The parallel legal system that Guantanamo represents, though, is not confined to an island, and it is not confined to one administration.

KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Alexis Agathocleous, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and I about secretive political prisons for “domestic terrorists.” These facilities, called Communications Management Units, overwhelmingly house Muslim prisoners. Agathocleous discussed the CCR lawsuit against these discriminatory prisons, and I was on the program to talk about how CMUs have also housed environmentalist Daniel McGowan and animal rights activist Andy Stepanian.

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