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    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    FBI informant imprisoned and treated like an insurgent for 97 days

    For Donald Vance, a 29-year-old veteran and an American citizen, the desire to play a small part in a big event would lead to the scariest experience of his life. While in Iraq, he was neither a victim of a roadside bomb nor taken prisoner by insurgents. Instead, he was held captive by the U.S. government — detained in a secret military prison.
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    Vance says the charges against him were false and mirror exactly the allegations he had been making against his own company to the FBI.

    "I'm basically saying to them: 'What are you talking about? I've been telling you for seven months now that this stuff is going on. You're detaining me but not the actual people that are doing it!'"

    A military panel, which reviews charges against detainees, eventually questioned Vance and Ertel. Both men were given a document that said, "You do not have the right to legal counsel." The men say they could not see all the evidence used against them and did not have the legal protections typically afforded Americans.

    But they were eventually allowed very infrequent phone calls, which were very frustrating for Vance and his fiancée.

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