The groundbreaking memoir of a current Guantánamo inmate that lays bare the harrowing details of the US rendition and torture programme from the perspective of one of its victims is to be published next week after a six-year battle for the manuscript to be declassified.
Guantánamo Diary, the first book written by a still imprisoned detainee, is being published in 20 countries and has been serialised by the Guardian amid renewed calls by civil liberty campaigners for its author’s release.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi describes a world tour of torture and humiliation that began in his native Mauritania more than 13 years ago and progressed through Jordan and Afghanistan before he was consigned to US detention in Guantánamo, Cuba, in August 2002 as prisoner number 760. US military officials told the Guardian this week that despite never being prosecuted and being cleared for release by a judge in 2010, he is unlikely to be released in the next year.
The journal, which Slahi handwrote in English, details how he was subjected to sleep deprivation, death threats, sexual humiliation and intimations that his torturers would go after his mother.
After enduring this, he was subjected to “additional interrogation techniques” personally approved by the then US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. He was blindfolded, forced to drink salt water, and then taken out to sea on a high-speed boat where he was beaten for three hours while immersed in ice.
Full story at The Guardian
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The greatest and most successful terrorist recruitiment program ever carried out by white collar terrorists. Close the shitstain down.
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Excellent post, Pickle. The Guantanamo Bay detention facility is a travesty of justice and a repudiation of traditional American values. America ceased to be an exceptional nation when it openly abandoned its own constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment. American conservatives have shown their true colors in defending this cruel and barbaric denial of basic human rights. To his honor, President Obama continues to fight Republican obstructionism to do what is right and just.
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