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A guard tower is visible behind a razor-wire fence at the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba,  July 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Randall Mikkelsen)
A guard tower is visible behind a razor-wire fence at the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, July 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Randall Mikkelsen)

The Supreme Court decided in June to give detainees their day in federal court. The trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver ended in a split verdict and short sentence. The alleged 9/11 mastermind is next.

We read all this in the papers, but our guest today knows Guantanamo up close. A young lawyer, she has worked as an interpreter for Afghan detainees. What she has found are human stories and travesties of justice like she'd never imagined. Instead of terrorists, goat herders, politicians, and reputable physicians with no way out.

This hour, we hear the stories from her new book, "My Guantanamo Diary."

You can join the conversation. What lessons do you take from the stories coming out of Guantanamo? From the trials and the reports of torture?

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Guests:

Joining us from San Diego is Mahvish Khan, an interpreter for defense lawyers at Guantanamo Bay and author of the new book "My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me."

And from Washington, we're joined by John Walcott, Washington bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers and editor of the five-part investigative series "Guantanamo: Beyond the Law," which was published in June.
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More links:

McClatchy's series "Guantanamo: Beyond the Law"
The McClatchy series website offers a large archive of documents from the eight-month investigation and video interviews with detainees.

Mahvish Khan's Official Website
Has more on the stories, including photos of the detainees and their families.

Read an excerpt from "My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me."

This program aired on August 14, 2008.

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