Who’s Inside Midwest Mystery Prisons?
Federal prison officials during the Bush administration began a secretive program to segregate inmates, most of whom are Muslims, and limit their ability to communicate with the outside world. Known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), these “prisons within a prison” were set up at two Midwestern federal penitentiaries, one in Terre Haute, IN, and the other in Marion, IL.
Although the government refuses to disclose the names of those held in CMUs, inmate advocates have determined the following are currently held at either of the secret facilities: Enaam Arnaout, founder of Islamic charity Benevolence International Foundation; Dr. Rafil Dhafir, physician and founder of Iraqi charity Help the Needy; Ghassan Elashi, founder of Holy Land Foundation and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); Randall Royer, Muslim civil rights activist; Yassin Aref, Imam and Kurdish refugee; Sabri Benkahla, an American abducted in Saudi Arabia, and John Walker Lindh, an American convert to Islam who was captured in Afghanistan.
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