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Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay And The Secret Prisons Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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Explosively personal account by a British lawyer who defends Death Row prisoners and Guantanamo Bay detainees.See all Product description
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The main thing I'd like to add is that after I finished this book I immediately went to the Reprieve website. Among others, Shaker Aamer remains incarcerated in Guantanamo.
As for the book's contents, it's about the kidnapping, illegal deportation, torture and imprisoment without trial of those unfortunate enough to have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Thankfully the author is a highly experienced human rights lawyer, not a 'Sun' headline writer; this book would be unreadable if there was any trace of hyperbole, as the facts disclosed are bad enough. Basically, most of the Guatanamo 'prisoners' were sold into captivity for large ransoms paid by the Americans. Most have been tortured, some severely, often by techniques used in the Spanish Inquisition, though much is witheld, partly due to censorship by the US military, partly because some of the victims understandably do not wish the full details of their ordeal to become common knowledge. Even those who have not been tortured have mostly been subjected to vicious beatings, in many cases causing severe and permanent injuries. None have had a trial, let alone a proper, fair and open trial. The amazing thing is that some people still defend the blatent war crimes revealed in this book. 'Kafkaesque' doesn't even begin to describe the awful reality that has befallen these men. Even Kafka's nightmares were nothing compared to this.
If you have any interest in truth, justice, or liberty you need to read this.
In April 2002 Binyam Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan. A British resident originally from Ethiopa, Binyam had the misfortune to have his passport stolen. He was arrested on his way home attempting to use a friend's passport and, a suspect in the War on Terror, was savagely tortured. American and British agents questioned him during this time. He was then "rendered" by American agents to Morocco where, for 18 months, he was subjected to violent beatings and a variety of horrendous tortures at the hands of a Moroccan torture team, while interrogations by Americans continued. The tortures included cutting with razors. During one two-hour session twenty or thirty cuts were made to his penis. Later, "even worse" things were done to him. He was forced to make false confessions. He was drugged with narcotics by intravenous drip and tortured with noise through headphones. He was finally sent to Guantánamo Bay where he is still imprisoned. He is innocent of all the imaginary offences and al-Qaeda liaisons of which he has been accused by the US. The Bush administration will still not allow him to go free.
Binyam Mohamed's story is only one of many. The US has incarcerated 773 men and boys in Guantánamo Bay. Around 385 are still there, suffering brutally harsh conditions. Some of them are held in long-term solitary confinement.Read more ›
The US state uses the `ticking bomb' rationale to try to justify torturing prisoners. But there has never been a single case where torture saved lives by yielding information that prevented the explosion of a ticking bomb.
The US state has also used this rationale to encourage, assist and exploit torture by its allies. Torture in Egypt led to the false confession of a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qa'ida, a claim used to try to try to get us to support attacking Iraq. Torture in Morocco led to the US state's allegation of a plot to explode a dirty bomb in New York. The people that US Attorney-General Ashcroft named as responsible were never charged with the plot because, as officials said, that "could open up charges from defence lawyers that their earlier statements were a result of torture." This was to admit that the charges were true.
Under the US military commission's procedures for trying just ten of Guantanamo Bay's prisoners, even if the defendant were acquitted, he could still be held forever because all prisoners are supposedly "enemy combatants that we captured on the battlefield" (administration lawyer); "these are people picked up off the battlefield in Afghanistan" (Bush).
But in the real world, 55% of the prisoners are not even alleged ever to have taken part in hostilities.Read more ›
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Reprieve are an amazing org and after reading this I had to get involved in some way. please visit their website and if you can, do donate.Published 23 months ago by Zawjah
A truly brilliant and frightening publication.
In equal parts I was racked by sorrow, anger and guilt. Read more
It really is something that you have to read to believe. Whether you're pro or anti Gitmo it's worth reading through some of the first hand accounts in this book. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Steven
After reading this, the only reason I can think of as to why there isn't uproar around the Western world about Guantanamo et al is that most of the population are too busy shopping... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by A. Wickham
A great book, written with ease - and its read with ease - though much of the content is shocking. Despite this, the author is remarkably objective. Everyone should read this book.Published on 20 Aug. 2010 by M. Richards
I was a bit worried that this was going to be a really pro human rights book, but the storys of the detainees and what they have done to be locked up without trial is pretty... Read morePublished on 26 April 2010 by baz F
Until I read Clive Stafford Smith's book about Guantanamo, I was of the opinion that Henry Kissinger was the world's most wicked man, mainly because of his part in the overthrow of... Read morePublished on 9 May 2009 by A. R. Griew
Such a well written book on such an incredibly sobering topic. It makes me angry and ashamed the lengths the USA and UK will go to try and justify the existence of Guantanamo Bay... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2008 by Bookworm