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US Military Interrogator: Bad Idea, Indefinite Detention for Hassan al-Odaini

By Matthew Alexander, former U.S. Senior Military Interrogator

The importance of releasing Mohammed Mohammed Hassan al-Odaini (pictured) cannot be overstated. This isn’t about one innocent man that a federal judge ordered released on May 26, 2010. This is about who we are as Americans. As the judge ruled, the US government has:

kept a young man from Yemen in detention in Cuba from age eighteen to age twenty-six.  They have prevented him from seeing his family and denied him the opportunity to complete his studies and embark on a career. The evidence before the Court shows that holding Odaini in custody at such great cost to him has done nothing to make the United States more secure. There is no evidence that Odaini has any connection to Al Qaeda.

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