By Mohamedou Ould Slahi
An extraordinary overseas publishing occasion: the 1st and in simple terms diary written via a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned on the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In some of these years, the us hasn't ever charged him with a criminal offense. A federal pass judgement on ordered his unlock in March 2010, however the U.S. executive fought that call, and there's no signal that the USA plans to permit him go.
Three years into his captivity Slahi started a diary, recounting his existence ahead of he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his unending international journey" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his everyday life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary isn't really in basic terms a brilliant list of a miscarriage of justice, yet a deeply own memoir---terrifying, darkly funny, and strangely gracious. released now for the 1st time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a record of enormous old significance and a riveting and profoundly revealing learn.
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I was scared to hell. … I was not used to this, it was the first time I had been interrogated and I just wanted to stay out of trouble and make sure I told the truth. But they were watching me in a very ugly way. It is okay to be watched, but it is not okay to see the people who are watching you. It was very clumsy, but they wanted to give the message that we are watching you. Back in Mauritania, Mohamedou’s family was alarmed. ’ ” he recalled them asking. “I said nothing but look[ing] for a job.
S. government had lost thirty-four out of forty-six habeas cases. In appeals of several of those cases, the government persuaded the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to accept a looser standard for judging whether a petitioner was “part of” al-Qaeda; now, as the appellate court explained in reversing Judge Robertson’s order and remanding the case to district court for rehearing, the government no longer needed to show that a Guantánamo prisoner was carrying out al-Qaeda orders or directions at the time he was taken into custody.
These editorial decisions were mine, and I can only hope they would meet with Mohamedou’s approval. Throughout this process, I was confronted with a set of challenges specifically connected with the manuscript’s previous editing process: the government’s redactions. These redactions are changes that have been imposed on the text by the same government that continues to control the author’s fate and has used secrecy as an essential tool of that control for more than thirteen years. As such, the black bars on the page serve as vivid visual reminders of the author’s ongoing situation.
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi