Link: Guantanamo torture memoir

The memoir of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi is a compelling, sobering read. (History of the memoir and of its writer is detailed here.)

A couple sections that particularly grabbed my attention:

[the U.S. government] that claims to be the leader of the democratic free world, a government that preaches against dictatorship and “fights” for human rights and sends its children to die for that purpose. What a joke this government makes of its own people! What would the dead-average American think if he or she saw what his or her government is doing with someone who has done no crimes against anybody? (source)

And (where “[—–]” indicates redaction):

“You can decide which one you’d like to watch.” I picked the movie Black Hawk Down; I don’t remember the other choice. The movie was both bloody and sad. I paid more attention to the emotions of [ —–] and the guards than to the movie itself. [—–] was rather calm. He paused the movie every once in a while to explain to me the historical background of certain scenes. The guards almost went crazy emotionally because they saw many Americans getting shot to death. But they missed the fact that the number of U.S. casualties was negligible compared to the Somalis who were attacked in their own homes. I was just wondering how narrow-minded human beings can be. When people look at one thing from one perspective, they certainly fail to get the whole picture, and that is the main reason for the majority of misunderstandings that sometimes lead to bloody confrontations. (source)

and finally:

[One of the captors said:] “You haven’t been tortured. You must trust my government. As long as you’re telling the truth, nothing bad is gonna happen to you!” Of course [—–] meant The Truth as it’s officially defined; I didn’t want to argue with [ —–] about anything. (source)

2 responses to “Link: Guantanamo torture memoir

  1. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
    Much needed.

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