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Freed Guantanamo Detainee Accuses U.S. of "Medieval" Torture

Posted by on Feb. 23, 2009 at 9:47 AM
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Returned Guantanamo man held under anti-terror laws AFP/HO/File - Binyam Mohamed, who returned to Britain after being released from the US detention camp at Guantanamo ...

LONDON (Reuters) - A British resident held at

Guantanamo Bay for more than four years returned to Britain a free man on Monday and accused the U.S. government of inflicting "medieval" torture on him -- with British collusion.

Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen with British residency, was returned on a charter flight after the U.S. government agreed last week to a British request to free him. All charges against him were dropped and he was never tried.

He is the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be freed since U.S. President Barack Obama came to power with a pledge to shut the controversial prison. Human rights groups say 241 detainees remain at the camp, including one British resident.

Mohamed, 30, said he was "neither physically nor mentally capable" of facing the media, but denounced the U.S. government.

"I have been through an experience that I never thought to encounter in my darkest nightmares," he said in a statement issued via his lawyers shortly before his arrival.

"Before this ordeal, 'torture' was an abstract word for me. I could never have imagined that I would be its victim. It is difficult for me to believe that I was abducted, hauled from one country to the next, and tortured in medieval ways -- all orchestrated by the United States government."

Mohamed, who was detained in Pakistan in April 2002 and held for four months, during which his lawyers say he was tortured and abused, was also critical of Britain.

He said that while in detention in Pakistan, he was interrogated and abused by Pakistani intelligence officers in the presence of a British agent. In July 2002, he was taken to Morocco on a CIA plane and again tortured and abused, before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in September 2004, he said.

Morocco has denied holding him and the United States has denied that he was subjected to "extraordinary rendition."

"The very worst moment came when I realized in Morocco that the people who were torturing me were receiving questions and materials from British intelligence," Mohamed said.

"I had met with British intelligence in Pakistan. I had been open with them. The very people who I had hoped would come to my rescue, I later realized had allied themselves with my abusers."

Britain's attorney general has said she will see if there is enough evidence to order an investigation into the actions of the British government and its agents.

Lawyers for Mohamed said on Monday they could not rule out bringing a lawsuit against the British government, and human rights groups are calling for a public enquiry.

Mohamed was a legal resident when he left Britain and is expected to have that status again now. His lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said he would be subject to some controls.

Shortly after his arrival in Britain, police said he had been detained under a part of the anti-terrorism law pertaining to port and border controls but had not been arrested.

Shaker Aamer, a Saudi Arabian with British residency and a British wife, remains in solitary confinement in Guantanamo Bay, where he was been since 2005.

 

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Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2009 at 9:57 AM

It annoys me to hear of any unnecessary violence happening to anyone :(


JanMarie225
by on Feb. 23, 2009 at 9:57 AM

I call BS!

Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM



Da1nOnlyDestiny
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2009 at 10:02 AM

How would you know? what would make you say that? do you not know our government? do you not know about the charges against the Bush Administration?

Quoting JanMarie225:

I call BS!



cmarielin
by on Feb. 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM

"All charges against him were dropped and he was never tried.".....

Captured and held for terrorism, but never tried.  That angers me.  I'll never understand why human rights groups hate our country and despise our national security so much.

Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM

This makes me totally sick. If this guy was such a terrorist there is no way the US would release him. The things the Bush administration did are deplorable! Thank god we are starting to clean the mess up! I love how he was never given a trial.....gee, was that because they didn't have any EVIDENCE that he was a terrorists?? Hmmmm.....

Jodeth
by on Feb. 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM

To people who think this is BS, maybe you haven't read the reports of how people and/or governments would actually make money off of turning someone over the USA.  I remember hearing about that Canadian from Tunisia, and how he was taken to Syria while he was on  a layover in NYC and was help for more than a year and tortured.  The Canadian government came forward and apologized to him.

I think people get the wrong impression and think that all these guys were captured on a battlefield, when I think it is actually the exact opposite.

I think the days of thinking our government is squeeky clean are long gone.

sweetie00
by on Feb. 23, 2009 at 4:01 PM

this is correct. The U.S. paid $5000.00 for each 'terrorist". no proof required! That is about 10 years salary to an Iraqi. Wouldn't you be willing to turn over a few of your persoanl enemies(or anyone, for that matter) for 10 years salary/ Especiall y as desperate as the Iraqis were/are........

Quoting Jodeth:

To people who think this is BS, maybe you haven't read the reports of how people and/or governments would actually make money off of turning someone over the USA.  I remember hearing about that Canadian from Tunisia, and how he was taken to Syria while he was on  a layover in NYC and was help for more than a year and tortured.  The Canadian government came forward and apologized to him.

I think people get the wrong impression and think that all these guys were captured on a battlefield, when I think it is actually the exact opposite.

I think the days of thinking our government is squeeky clean are long gone.

 

Jodeth
by on Feb. 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM


Quoting sweetie00:

this is correct. The U.S. paid $5000.00 for each 'terrorist". no proof required! That is about 10 years salary to an Iraqi. Wouldn't you be willing to turn over a few of your persoanl enemies(or anyone, for that matter) for 10 years salary/ Especiall y as desperate as the Iraqis were/are........

Quoting Jodeth:

To people who think this is BS, maybe you haven't read the reports of how people and/or governments would actually make money off of turning someone over the USA.  I remember hearing about that Canadian from Tunisia, and how he was taken to Syria while he was on  a layover in NYC and was help for more than a year and tortured.  The Canadian government came forward and apologized to him.

I think people get the wrong impression and think that all these guys were captured on a battlefield, when I think it is actually the exact opposite.

I think the days of thinking our government is squeeky clean are long gone.

 

Yes, exactly.  I read some people were just personal enemies or business rivals that got turned over.  No shred of evidence required.  The Canadian guy that ended up in Syria was just a name match.  How many people in the world have the same names for god's sake!?

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 24, 2009 at 6:51 PM

So he didn't actually blow anything up he just trained other people to do it and helped make bombs...  hmmm...  yeah I'm sure he's a great guy.

As for torture...  the things they do to our citizens (soldiers and civilians) are so much worse than anything going on at Gitmo...  Give me a break.

Don't associate with terrorists and don't make plans to kill people and maybe you wouldn't have been detained in the first place. 

Oh and good job to Obama for setting him free to go home and make more plans...
This is just mistake #2 in the long list of stupid things to come from the new "president"


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