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Team recounts fear in US detention

The feelings of helplessness began to creep in right away. The orange jumpsuit and flimsy sandals were too small, the silence eerie. Time passed slowly. Before long, Darrell Cleland knew there were exactly 197 cinder blocks in his tiny cell and 861 openings in the grate above his head. Cleland, 28, used to escort prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a platoon sergeant in the Marine Corps. But in May he was behind bars in Fallujah, Iraq, his Marine Corps brothers became his guards, and Cleland suddenly identified with his former captives. Cleland and 15 other US contractors were taken into custody by a Marine unit May 28, when military officials alleged that they fired at a Marine checkpoint as their convoy passed through Fallujah — the first public accusation of that kind. Full Story

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