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The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison 1st Edition
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Helpless men, of whom some have subsequently been released, were tortured before arriving at Guantánamo Bay, the torture producing forced - and untrue - confessions of their links with al-Qaeda. In a number of cases the torture was "outsourced" to selected countries. The conduct of the CIA and the US military towards their prisoners recalls in some instances the fate of prisoners at the hands of the Gestapo in World War Two. Not coincidentally, perhaps, the term adopted by the US authorities, "enhanced interrogation techniques", expresses in English the Nazis' identical euphemism for similar forms of torture.
Following rendition to Guantánamo Bay, prisoners receive brutal treatment in supermax lockdowns. The majority of US "detainees" in Guantánamo Bay are being kept isolated in long-term solitary confinement, in high-security facilities. While there appears to be no operational necessity for such long-term isolation, one consequence of it is permanent psychological damage.Read more ›
It puts a human face to those incarcerated and a human story as to who they are.
And it is true there are some bad buggers in there, I think that I can account for perhaps 4 or was it 5 out of some 800.
But this is primarily the story of who the others are.
There is an underlying story in this volume, it sits just in the background and that is the bit that will really disturb the reader.
That there is an extraordinary incompetence in who was captured and an unbelievable naivety in the screening process of these people it does not surprise. I think that to most outside the US of A, this would be taken as a given; recent history allows us to draw no other conclusion.
The underlying story:
When I was a young lad in the early 60's our books and reading material often included stories of Nazi Germany and the prison systems that operated during that period, I well remember the revulsion I felt at that time as a 12 year old reading these stories of the abject cruelty of the guards toward those in their charge.
In reading Andy's story of the Guantanamo detainees, I suddenly realised that I was reading stories about those same cruel, or should I say evil, sadistic people. The German prison guards; only this time they were Americans in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba.
Which then makes me wonder, how is it that a very religious nation, primarily Christian to boot, preaching goodwill to all, a nation that is going to rid the world from evil can be responsible for such evil.Read more ›
Worthington begins the book with an account of the "uprising" at Qala-i-Jangi. At first glance, it would be hard to argue that these prisoners were not captured "on the battlefield". However, Worthington does a remarkable job of bringing to light details that make it clear that this was no uprising of hardened jihadists determined to fight to the death, but rather a brutal betrayal and massacre of low level foreign fighters who had already surrendered on the belief that they would be disarmed and allowed to return to their country. The suicides and "riots" happened only after it became clear that the captors planned to kill the captives anyway. In response to the "riots", coalition forces bombed the fortress with daisy cluster bombs, poured oil into the basement where the captives were hiding out, and later tried to flood the basement. Of the 400+ bodies found in the aftermath, at least 200 had their hands tied behind their backs. The fact that 86 men survived this massacres is evidence, in the government's eyes, that they must be hardened fighters.Read more ›
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I think everyone should read it and take a hard look at Washington and their "illegal" orders and actions . the drones will come home to roost -Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
a great book with some harrowing details of the detainees day to day hell hole of an existence.Published 15 months ago by Shelz