Supposed Change in Detention Policy Too Late For Some Prisoners

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The Bush administration’s late embrace of the Geneva Conventions may or may not be sincere. Either way, it comes too late for hundreds of prisoners, most of them innocent, who’ve spent years of their lives in U.S. detention—men like Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umaro, a 24-year-old Tajik swept up in the U.S. war on terror who spent two years in four prisons in three countries. Read his story at MotherJones.com.

Plus:Why Am I in Cuba?: Excerpts from military tribunal transcripts.

Plus Plus: Mother Jones’ coverage of the moral and legal disgrace that has been U.S. detention policy since 9/11–with pieces by Emily Bazelon, Anthony Lewis, and Mark Danner, among others, all in one handy place.

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