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Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, And Kandahar Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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In 2002 or 2003, I heard the author's father, a British banker and other parents of Gitmo detainees, speak at an event sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights at Cooper Union in New York City. When I heard these parents speak, I and many others assumed all prisoners in Guantanamo, Cuba were probably terrorists. The Center held the event to increase our awareness that it was only humane for the prisoners to know the charges against them, contact their families, and get a (fair) trial even if military. I had worked daily on the 101-105th floors of World Trade One until March 01 and know hundreds of the dead, could have been with them, so I took terrorism threats very seriously. But I went to hear the parents of detainees speak because I believe Americans can protect ourselves from terror attacks without, in the process, destroying the Bill of Rights and our nation's commitment to fair treatment of every individual.
When the author's father told us why his son Moazzam had gone from the UK with his wife and children before 9-11 to work with a girls' school and a water project, I remember thinking, "This may be the lie of a terrorist's father or his naievete about his son, but it certainly sounds truthful.Read more ›
1) David Ignatius, the world-renowned editor formerly with the Washington Post and now with the International Herald Tribune, is the author of the Foreword. This alone is compelling reason to buy the book, for this author and this story not only pass the Ignatius smell test, Ignatious rings the bell on how this book documents the shameful misconduct resulting from a Presidential violation of all the tenets of both international treaties and moral democracy.
2) The table of contents is as follows: 1) Illegally detained, 2) The Lynx; 3) Underdogs; 4) Mercy Mission; 5) Spooks; 6) 'English 558' (Prisoner of War Number); 7) The Hardest Test; 8) Devil's Agents; 9) A Solitary Echo; 10) Trial of Strength; 11) The Teasing Illusion; 12) Chime of the Razor Wire; 13) Mockery of Justice; and 14) Do You Know Who I Am?
The book does not have an index which I believe to be an error that should be corrected in future editions. While this is a book of reflections, there are enough legal, military, torture, and other matters to merit indexing and ease of access to references via an index.
I put the book down after an intense morning with it with the following reflections:
1) I am ashamed that the American Congress and the American public has stood idly by as the White House has ursurped the power to make law and interpret law, while sinking to the lowest moral point in our recent history.
2) The author is quite balanced and most extraordinary in his personal telling of this history. I hope he files a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the government of the United States of America.Read more ›
One of the most amazing things about this gripping story is that the author does not harbor a grudge against Americans in general - amazing that he did not become what he was suspected of being. This is the source of how terrorism will grow, unjust and heavy handed treatment only breeds more of what it attempts to stop by coercion. This story is uplifting in the human spirit overcoming the horrors of unjust treatment while exposing the lies of those who wish to gloss it over. It is not republican or democrat in its spin, its a look at how fear has led us to injustice.
"Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method, inexorably must choose lying as his principle" -Alexander Solzenitzen
Mr. Begg is English and one of the interesting facets of the book is the way that certain events and actions unfold using a logic that's utterly mysterious to him but obvious to an American. I hope that the US edition of this book, due to be released later this year, is not changed to alter this.
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Was ok, I was there and I don't recall any of that. But well WrittenPublished 6 months ago by Mike Morris
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Very interesting with alot of good info, however, Moazzam comes off a little self-righteous and arrogant. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by K. Manning
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