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Injustice and Captain Black

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U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee
New York Times
RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
25 May 2009

GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Capt. Kirk Black, who trains the Afghan police in this impoverished province, developed a practiced skepticism about claims of innocence during a decade as a Baltimore police officer.

But last January, when relatives of an Afghan imprisoned at the Bagram military detention center begged him to look into the case, he agreed to listen. Eventually he became convinced that the detention was a case of mistaken identity and put the family in touch with a lawyer.

Soon, Captain Black was facing a potential legal battle of his own. One of his senior commanders ordered him not to discuss the case, and the military sent an officer to investigate him. Captain Black retained military defense counsel.

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