John Walker Lindh's lawsuit says a prison ban on group prayer violates his right to practice his religion freely. But the government argues that group prayer would allow the prisoners to undermine safety and plot together.
The Pentagon has alerted the Navy SEAL who wrote a book on the Osama bin Laden raid that he violated agreements not to reveal military secrets. The book describes in detail the raid that killed bin Laden. But the book's publisher and the author, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, did not seek Pentagon review as required.
Officials at the Justice Department have closed an investigation into the deaths of two detainees in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan without bringing any criminal charges. The probe opened a huge rift with the intelligence community. But now it's human rights groups that are outraged.
For the third time in a month, Apple has rejected a proposed app that tracks American drone strikes. The company says the app is "objectionable and crude"; the developer says he wants to encourage more dialogue about drone attacks.
Matt Bissonnette wrote No Easy Day under the pseudonym Mark Owen. He has drawn criticism for publishing details of the Osama bin Laden mission without Pentagon approval. Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, says this account of the raid fits almost exactly with his understanding of the operation.
John Walker Lindh was a middle-class kid in Northern California who converted to Islam, traveled the world, and was captured by U.S. authorities in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, allegedly fighting alongside the Taliban. Now, he's suing the government over religious rights at a secret prison facility.
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