Michael Ratner on Ali al-Marri — Counter Spin Fairness and Accuracy in the Media Audio Link



This week on CounterSpin: Many people have probably never heard of Ali al-Marri. A search of major media turned up a scant handful of mentions. Arrested after September 11, 2001, al-Marri was declared an enemy combatant before his trial—and he has been in a legal black hole and solitary confinement ever since. A recent court ruling upheld George Bush’s ability to detain U.S. residents or lawful immigrants as “enemy combatants”—indefinitely—without trial. If it sounds nightmarish our guest says it is. So where is the reporting on what is being called a dangerous departure from fundamental rights—not of “terrorists” but of all of us?