The Intercept’s Trevor Aaronson joins the show to talk about the travesty of justice in the trial of Hamid Hayat, who has finally been released after nearly 15 years in prison. Hayat was an alleged terrorist, convicted based on a coerced confession he gave to FBI agents under duress, as well as recordings from his conversations with an FBI informant who had pretended to befriend Hayat’s family. Hayat is just one of many such cases of U.S. government entrapment, which make up the majority of supposed terrorism prosecutions.
Discussed on the show:
- “Reporters Questioned His Terror Prosecution. Now He’s Free.” (The Intercept)
- “The Confession Tapes” (Netflix)
- “Lodi Man Describes Terrorist Training” (LA Times)
- “US-led coalition ‘killed 1,600 civilians’ in Syria’s Raqqa” (Al Jazeera)
Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer for The Intercept and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Find him on Twitter @trevoraaronson.
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