AMA, I was interned (illegally detained) for nearly a year by the British Gov’ in Northern Ireland as part of the Troubles.
For those unfamiliar with the context. Northern Ireland was in the beginnings of 'The Troubles' and the British government decided to arrest and jail over 350 people with suspected links with the IRA, many of whom were entirely uninvolved. This process of internment was a significant event in the history of Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Demetrius).
On the morning of August 9th 1971 my house in Northern Ireland was raided and the British Army took me to an army camp for questioning. Following two days of what courts called 'inhuman and degrading treatment' we were transferred to the Maidstone Prison Ship for 6 or 7 weeks. Following this I transferred to Long Kesh prison camp. After almost a year I was released having never been connected to any crime, presented with no evidence, seen no lawyer and been subjected to what I, and others like me, describe as torture. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Maze).
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