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Guantanamo Bay: 'School For Jihad'?

Jun 18, 2008

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Two reporters spent eight months tracking down 66 men who were previously held at Guantanamo Bay as suspected terrorists. It's a wide-ranging investigation and in the end, the McClatchy reporters described a very flawed system in which many detainees were imprisoned on flimsy or fabricated evidence, in which some detainees were abused, and in some cases, a system in which U.S. detention policy proved counterproductive by creating jihadists and drumming up support for terrorists.

A McClatchy investigation found that instead of confining terrorists, Guantanamo often produced more of them by rounding up common criminals, conscripts, low-level foot soldiers and men with no allegiance to radical Islam — thus inspiring a deep hatred of the United States in them — and then housing them in cells next to radical Islamists.

The radicals were quick to exploit the flaws in the U.S. detention system.

Now, less than a week after the Supreme Court decided that detainees have the right to fight their detention in U.S. courts, we'll talk with one of the reporters who met with former detainees, and with his editor. Not only about who these men were and who they are today, but also about how the reporters got this story, how they tracked down 66 former detainees and convinced them to talk on the record, how the U.S. government responded, and what they learned along the way. The week-long series is available in full online, along with documents they uncovered, videotaped interviews, and more detail about the 66 former prisoners. Check out the series at the McClatchy site and send us your questions or comments for the reporting team here.

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