voices from guantánamo

uploaded oct 2009

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Moazzam Begg (Part 1 of 4)

held for 3 years w/o charge/trial/explanation.. and then i was released w/o charge/trial/explanation


adding this on Moazzam aug 2016


Ex-US soldier who guarded me in #Gitmo just stayed with me & met my family. This time I had the keys #TheConfession pic.twitter.com/1kaNuJVGuW


Ruhal and Shafiq (Part 2 of 4)

they want answers that you can’t give them… because you have no involvement in anything.. that kind of mental torture is 100 times worse than physical torture…


Bisher al-Rawi (part 3 of 4)

either release people or give them justice..

if the use believes someone is criminal .. that is fine.. take them to court


Omar Deghayes (Part 4 of 4)

detained 6 yrs

via http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201412011623-0024387

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Russell Brand interviews Moazamm:

CIA Torture – Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Lifts Lid

Published on Nov 26, 2014

manipulation of language

we entered iraq as false testimony from torture

he people who do “terror” best are the people who decide what “terror” is


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prison ness

cure violence..  so where is the disease coming from… no?


The @WashingtonPost has helpfully put all of Michael Hayden’s lies to Congress about torture into one graphic: http://t.co/zuH0jmyh9m

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/trevortimm/status/542499911531372544

“Rectal feeding,” threats to children, and more: 16 awful abuses from the CIA torture report http://t.co/ft2vgVRp7R http://t.co/rzWqu5zsns

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MotherJones/status/542382114139013120

Atul Gawande @Atul_Gawande
My third BBC Reith Lecture on the Future of Medicine, which just aired this AM, is now online here: bbc.in/1yLznRs
1/The Senate CIA Torture Report reveals savage, immoral, utterly despicable practices by our govt. 1.usa.gov/1yzHywf

2/But the worst for me is to see the details of how doctors, psychologists, and others sworn to aid human beings made the torture possible.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Atul_Gawande/status/542647216075452416

3/The torture could not proceed w/o medical supervision. The medical profession was deeply embedded in this inhumanity.
4/It was doctors who devised the rectal infusions “as a means of behavior control.” (p100)
5/Doctors suggested the water temperature for waterboarding and use of saline instead of free water to avoid water intoxication. (p86, 419)
6/Doctors watched as stress positions inflicted pain, lacerations, and only stopped them when producing, e.g., shoulder dislocation (70)
7/Psychologists, who were supposed to stop damaging interrogation, actually served as interrogators. (72)
8/The Office of Medical Services provided consultation on when fractures and wounds were healed enough to resume torture. (p113)
9/The Office of Medical Services wrote guidelines approving up to 3 waterboard sessions in 24 hours per prisoner. (p87)
10/When torture caused Abu Zubaydah’s eyes to deteriorate, MDs only intervened to insure ability to see was saved to aid interrogation.(112)
11/Doctors found prisoners with broken feet and still approved putting them into standing positions for up to 52 hours (p112)
12/Doctors were long the medical conscience of the military. The worst occurred because gov’t medical leaders abdicated that role. (p87)
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Watch me debate Cheney’s ‘full of crap’ defense on @hardball with @hardball_chris and @MichaelSteele #TortureReport http://t.co/4H9FnNs7Q2Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/RonSuskind/status/543431245217406978


short documentary by Brian Knappenberger

‘The Case Against Torture’



jan 2015

Guantánamo Diary: A tale of American torture

Mohamedou Ould Slahi


.. he remains incarcerated more than 12 years after arriving at Guantánamo.

Siems believes Americans can no longer claim ignorance of the abuses at Guantánamo. “We’ve known, even today, that half of the men in Guantánamo have been cleared for release for years, for many years.”

“These are grievous mistakes and serious crimes” that, he says, the U.S. is declining to deal with. “We keep putting it off and putting it off. What we’re doing every day is we’re perpetuating those mistakes and those errors. That’s the really shocking thing.”

Slahi has never been charged with a crime. Nor have any of his torturers.

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via democracy now

Inside the U.S. Torture Chambers: Prisoner’s Guantánamo Diary Details 12 Years of Abuse, Terror


a horrible legal limbo


via democracy now – guantánamo of the pacific:



honan square – guantánamo of chicago..?



g of riker’s island

he @nytimes reports on more brutal abuses at Rikers Island: http://t.co/YeUk0HbZVohttp://t.co/Q1E51PUYUn

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/pomeranian99/status/569536712512311297


Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman)

3/13/15 7:08 AM
Pro-Guantanamo senators get to tour the detention center. UN torture investigators who want to interview detainees, not so much.


Molly Crabapple – one of 4 artists


guantánamo’s child


book recommended to overdrive


“It would be beautiful if, in the world, art was just art.” @amandapalmer #howlive

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/debbiemillman/status/596731968357797888

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Omar – interview – shortly after release




The Guantánamo in New York you’re not allowed to know about interc.pt/1VUxJWy

If there’s one thing the last 14 years have shown us, it’s that abuse does not lead to good information gathering.”



2/23/16 11:16 AM
This is not a plan to close #Gitmo in any meaningful sense. It’s a plan to relocate indefinite detention w/o trial ccrjustice.org/ccr-position-o…
Right. Again, it’s been this way since 2009. But no facts to the “left” of Dem politicians can be acknowledged…twitter.com/theCCR/status/…


NOW LIVE: I’m addressing Puerto Rico a University with ex-military commander Lenhart on the promise to close #Gitmo: ln.is/www.youtube.co…

the presumption of innocence is what has to be maintained.. where was it ever determined we were enemies of anything..

we’re at the point.. that people from both sides have brought so much hatred into the rhetoric.. (woman having to disrobe at gunpoint on beach)

these soldiers for whatever reason.. didn’t seem same as everyone else..

meeting – with my guard.. initiated by .. ordinary people..

guy talking after him.. was engineer.. that built guantánamo.. he says..

goal of terrorism is to change behavior… i didn’t follow geneva conventions in 4 ways 1\ didn’t have musical instruments 2\ did have housing for all guards 3\ didn’t have heat 4\ didn’t pay guards in swiss franks

we failed at #5 – having enough evidence to hold people.. best proof.. sent wrong people to g – 780 taken … 687 released back w/o any action..

why should we close.. 1\cost.. 2\ hurts in prosecution against terrorism.. feeds into narrative.. military commissions create a facade of justice..  makes mockery of claim that we are a nation of laws  3\ status inconsistent with our values as americans.. ie: oath officers take.. say will support constitution.. don’t say will obey president/officers.. to have a place on earth where constitution doesn’t apply.. when we fail to live by that remarkable document.. diminishes us as a people..

? remarkable document..?

4\ torture.. feeding terrorist narrative .. ie: wearing orange jumpsuits.. torture techniques don’t make us safer…

52% of american people think it’s ok to have a place like g.. g was a mistake.. history will reflect that.. from fear/anger/political expedience..

this isn’t a fight against islam.. but against terrorism..  terrorists want us to live in fear.. as long as g continues.. they are winning



“Guantánamo Diary” author freed after 14 years of imprisonment interc.pt/2e4xkqB by @coracurrier


saydnaya prison – syria

Heather Marsh and Omar Khadr, one of the youngest prisoners of Guantanamo Bay.


on Omar Khadr


A former Guantanamo detainee is getting more than $10 million and apology from the Canadian government, reports say cnn.it/2tQUjfn


Moazzam Begg (@Moazzam_Begg) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 11 Jan 2018 :

Captives sent to #Guantanamo 16yrs ago today. It will forever be remembered amongst the innumerable crimes committed by the US for which no one has ever been held accountable. Tonight on #HBO 3 British ex-prisoners speak about its impact. https://t.co/yqzEkLke1n#CloseGitmo (http://twitter.com/Moazzam_Begg/status/951438643855613952?s=17)


16 yrs.. no charge

16 years later and many detainees are still stuck in Guantanamo without any charges. Listen to what former Guantanamo detainee @MohamedouOuld underwent while incarcerated. #ShutItDown #Guantanamo #Gitmo https://t.co/txcReEZCgi

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MoveOn/status/953779230680076288

we should not be divided.. justice should be blind.. not look at your face/background


Moazzam Begg (@Moazzam_Begg) tweeted at 5:19 AM – 9 Apr 2018 :

“It was hard not seeing the sea, despite its being only a few hundred feet away from us.” Mansour al-Dayfi. Yemeni former #Guanatanmo prisoners released and resettled to Serbia after 14 years without charge or trial. https://t.co/s2hRlmdiVR (http://twitter.com/Moazzam_Begg/status/983303507448082432?s=17)


Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) tweeted at 5:34 AM – 19 Jul 2018 :
The Guantanamo prison camp, just by the way, is still open. Dozens are still in cages there – on an island, thousands of miles from home – with no trial, charges or due process of any kind. All have been held more than a decade; some as long as 16 years. https://t.co/P7A5SLXxFw https://t.co/eUQVGuzfwx(http://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1019908408642867200?s=17)


Majid Freeman (@Majstar7) tweeted at 2:55 AM – 17 Sep 2018 :
“After torturing and interrogating 779 people in Guantanamo and thousands in Afghanistan, not a single 9/11 plotter has been successfully prosecuted” | @Moazzam_Begg
https://t.co/wAZbRzr0hL (http://twitter.com/Majstar7/status/1041611669020057600?s=17)


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#Guantanamo prison turns 21 today. Over 21 years, it’s held 779 Muslim men & grown from a makeshift, chainlink camp into a sprawling, concrete & steel facility costing $540 million a year. Please, read here ⬇️
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MansoorAdayfi/status/1613138751336894464

I didn’t know a lot about America. I knew it was supposed to be a land of laws and opportunity. Everyone wanted to live there. We all believed our detention would be short. We hadn’t done anything. They couldn’t keep us long without someone caring. I never could have imagined that I would spend eight years in solitary confinement, that I would be held for 15 years and released without ever being charged with a crime.. t

We have tried to create our own stories in these new places, ones without Guantánamo. But Guantánamo won’t let us go. We live with the stigma of having been held there.