The Legacy of Abu Ghraib

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One man’s ongoing effort to get justice for the abuse he endured at a U.S. prison in Iraq.

At the start of the Iraq War in 2003, Salah Hasan Nusaif al-Ejaili was working as a journalist when the U.S. military detained him inside Abu Ghraib, a prison that would become notorious for American abuses committed in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Only a handful of people were ever held responsible—all of them military personnel. But the private contractors who oversaw interrogations at Abu Ghraib have yet to be held accountable. In this episode, we tell Salah’s story. To follow his case, visit the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Seth Freed Wessler’s reporting for this episode was done in partnership with Reveal and Type Media Center.

Companion listening for this episode:

The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President (9/11/2017)

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