The Guardian has some amazing extracts from a diary that Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi kept and gave to his lawyers. It’s the first book by a serving Guantanamo inmate.
It was written in 2005 and took 6 years to be released by the US Government: still, much less time than it’s taking to release Slahi.
A US judge ordered his release in 2010 with a habeas corpus writ, but the US government have bound that decision up in legal tape, producing neither charges nor his release.
His work is censored (and printed with blanks in place), but still, it details an horrific tale of going to answer some questions at the local police station in Mauritania, and never returning – for well over a decade.
Instead he’s endured beatings, torture, sexual humiliation… often done with great care to leave no wounds, or obvious damage. Forced to drink salt water, endure long hours in extreme cold, and lengthy times without human contact, chained tightly to the floor, this is the inhumanity and injustice that the country that champions “freedom” dispenses.
His repeated false confessions to try to stop the pain only show the pointlessness of torture for producing useful information in America’s “War on Terror”.
Along with the evidence of over 1,100 innocents killed by drones, this must surely cause questions for the world’s most powerful country, of how their actions can be so far from their rhetoric and supposed beliefs.
I recommend reading some of the many diary articles – they’re chilling.