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I'm Really Glad They Made the Legal Aid Society

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The New York Times' front page today tells the story of a Nepalese Buddhist detained by the government after he was picked up for inadvertently videotaping a builiding cointaining FBI offices. He proved to have overstayed his visa, but the bureau confirmed within a week that he wasn't a terrorist. Yet he spent three months in solitary confinement, during which he alleges being mistreated. This case came to light because an agent took the unusual step of contacting the Legal Aid Society on the man's behalf, but as the article observes, there's no way of knowing how many other similar cases there were, or how many other innocents remain in detention.