FROM Jon Eisenberg
Guantanamo Bay Force Feeding Trial On Monday, the first trial over force-feeding Guantanamo detainees begins. The man behind the case is a prisoner named Abu Wa’el Dhiab. He’s been at Guantanamo for 12 years. He hasn’t been charged with any crime and was cleared for release five years ago. Since then he’s protested his imprisonment with hunger strikes. That led to force-feeding. Now, Dhiab is suing the U.S. government, claiming the force-feeding techniques at Guantanamo amount to torture. We talk to his lawyer.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."