Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Like asking Charlie Sheen how many women he dated

Slate.com is publishing extracts from the memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. A court ordered him released in 2010, but he remains imprisoned pending a government appeal.

At times the account is amusing, such as the title of this post which is how Slahi described a request to write down everything he told his interrogators over all his questioning. Of course it also gives a different perspective into the treatment being inflicted upon prisoners in US custody.

The nonpartisan Constitution Project's Detainee Treatment Report recently concluded that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture”. The abridged report is on my reading list.

Perhaps in the future the United States will attempt to salvage some moral authority by prosecuting those responsible. It is, unfortunately, unlikely.

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