Special political prisons?

Below, a TED talk from Will Potter, a journalist who makes the case that special prison units exist in the United States that questionably restrict communication for prisoners who have ties to terror. While it may be wise to put in communication restrictions for leaders of extremist groups, why would these restrictions be kept quiet, as Potter asserts? It would seem an easy case to argue before the public.

Extremists, however repugnant their values, should be given trials and prison sentences that honor our values. Questionable types of detention such as what Potter describes do not assure the public that we are doing the job right.

 

Will Potter: The secret US prisons you’ve never heard of before

Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children.