Inside the Obama Administration's Pirate Prison

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Newsbeast's Eli Lake does some amazing reporting here, taking us inside the Somali prison the Obama Administration is using to warehouse alleged pirates. Just a great story, and very troubling:

Obama's plan to get America out of the international jailer business means that developing-world prisons have picked up the slack. A look inside the Bosaso prison provides a snapshot of what life is like in a post-Gitmo world. Many of the prisoners here are alleged pirates, captured in the coastal Somali towns that have become breeding grounds for international piracy. Others are suspected Islamic insurgents of al-Shabab, a group affiliated with al Qaeda.

Inside the main yard, a young man with a bulging, round belly stands up and announces in English: "My name is Ahmed, I will try to speak to you." He complains that the toilets aren't clean, the living quarters are overcrowded, and the cells are crawling with insects. He pulls aside another prisoner with a protrusion on his head, and implies the man was injured by the guards.

Read the whole thing, as they say.



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