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Guantánamo Diary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi – torture and detention without charge 😦

On or about Sept. 11, 2001, American character changed.

What Americans had proudly flaunted as “our highest values” were now judged to be luxuries that in a new time of peril the country could ill afford.

Justice, and its cardinal principle of innocent until proven guilty, became a risk, its indulgence a weakness.

Asked recently about an innocent man who had been tortured to death in an American “black site” in Afghanistan, former Vice President Dick Cheney did not hesitate.

“I’m more concerned,” he said, “with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent.”

In this new era in which all would be sacrificed to protect the country, torture and even murder of the innocent must be counted simply “collateral damage.”

“Guantánamo Diary” is the most profound account yet written of what it is like to be that collateral damage. …

NY Times review – ‘Guantánamo Diary,’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

This guy looks innocent to me. I’d throw Cheney in prison and release Ould Slahi.

Obama has always known Gitmo is wrong. Gitmo should be closed. He’s a weak President because he could not get that done over the past 6 years.

Amazon – Guantánamo Diary Jan 20, 2015

No time to read the book?

This short video will bring you up to date on the story.

Click to watch it on Guardian.

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