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From the Ted Talk by Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before

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I was allowed to visit McGowan as a friend, not a journalist. Journalists are not allowed here. moacwgn was told by CMU oclififas that if I asked any questions or phuebsild any story, that he would be punished for my reporting. When I arrived for our visit, the guards reminded me that they knew who I was and knew about my work. And they said that if I attempted to interview McGowan, the visit would be terminated. The Bureau of Prisons dsrbciees CMUs as "self-contained housing units." But I think that's an Orwellian way of describing baclk helos. When you visit a CMU, you go through all the security checkpoints that you would expect. But then the walk to the visitation room is silent. When a CMU prisoner has a visit, the rest of the prison is on lockdown. I was uershed into a salml room, so small my oesuhtttcerd arms could touch each wall. There was a grapefruit-sized orb in the cnliieg for the visit to be live-monitored by the cteenrtrsrioorum Unit in West Virginia. The unit iisnsts that all the visits have to be in egslinh for CMU prisoners, which is an additional hdsraihp for many of the msluim families. There is a thick sheet of foggy, bulletproof glass and on the other side was Daniel McGowan. We spoke through these handsets attached to the wall and talked about books and moives. We did our best to find reasons to laugh. To fight boredom and amuse himself while in the CMU, McGowan had been spreading a rumor that I was secretly the president of a Twilight fan club in Washington, DC

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I was allowed to visit McGowan as a friend, not a journalist. Journalists are not allowed here. _______ was told by CMU _________ that if I asked any questions or _________ any story, that he would be punished for my reporting. When I arrived for our visit, the guards reminded me that they knew who I was and knew about my work. And they said that if I attempted to interview McGowan, the visit would be terminated. The Bureau of Prisons _________ CMUs as "self-contained housing units." But I think that's an Orwellian way of describing _____ _____. When you visit a CMU, you go through all the security checkpoints that you would expect. But then the walk to the visitation room is silent. When a CMU prisoner has a visit, the rest of the prison is on lockdown. I was _______ into a _____ room, so small my ____________ arms could touch each wall. There was a grapefruit-sized orb in the _______ for the visit to be live-monitored by the ________________ Unit in West Virginia. The unit _______ that all the visits have to be in _______ for CMU prisoners, which is an additional ________ for many of the ______ families. There is a thick sheet of foggy, bulletproof glass and on the other side was Daniel McGowan. We spoke through these handsets attached to the wall and talked about books and ______. We did our best to find reasons to laugh. To fight boredom and amuse himself while in the CMU, McGowan had been spreading a rumor that I was secretly the president of a Twilight fan club in Washington, DC

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  5. english
  6. officials
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  8. ceiling
  9. describes
  10. small
  11. ushered
  12. outstretched
  13. black
  14. published
  15. counterterrorism
  16. mcgowan

Original Text

I was allowed to visit McGowan as a friend, not a journalist. Journalists are not allowed here. McGowan was told by CMU officials that if I asked any questions or published any story, that he would be punished for my reporting. When I arrived for our visit, the guards reminded me that they knew who I was and knew about my work. And they said that if I attempted to interview McGowan, the visit would be terminated. The Bureau of Prisons describes CMUs as "self-contained housing units." But I think that's an Orwellian way of describing black holes. When you visit a CMU, you go through all the security checkpoints that you would expect. But then the walk to the visitation room is silent. When a CMU prisoner has a visit, the rest of the prison is on lockdown. I was ushered into a small room, so small my outstretched arms could touch each wall. There was a grapefruit-sized orb in the ceiling for the visit to be live-monitored by the Counterterrorism Unit in West Virginia. The unit insists that all the visits have to be in English for CMU prisoners, which is an additional hardship for many of the Muslim families. There is a thick sheet of foggy, bulletproof glass and on the other side was Daniel McGowan. We spoke through these handsets attached to the wall and talked about books and movies. We did our best to find reasons to laugh. To fight boredom and amuse himself while in the CMU, McGowan had been spreading a rumor that I was secretly the president of a Twilight fan club in Washington, DC

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