How's this for Kafkaesque: Following his helping American officials in Iraq identify an illegal weapons cache at the Baghdad security firm where he worked, Donald Vance was apprehended, detained for three weeks, subject to aggressive interrogation practices and denied legal representation on the grounds that he was a security threat. Why? He seemed to know too much about an illegal weapons cache at a Baghdad security firm.
Vance's story, reported in the New York Times, is sure to become a point of reference for American debates on how far human and civil rights can be strained to accommodate combating terrorism, before they—and the patience of the American citizenship whose inalienable rights they're supposed defend—are overextended entirely.
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