The Dirty Truth About Gitmo
Prisoners here are in paradise. American people are very good. Really. They give us three meals, juice, fruit and everything! My God! Here they [i.e. the Arab detainees] bother me everyday, every time. Now about 30 months to this day, they bother me. They call me a hypocrite. They call me a spy. You have to say, 'thank God!' I thank you for America! If you are in a Taliban prison, they do not treat you well. Here we are in paradise. It is 100% paradise. Yes, really. Thank you!"
Another admitted Taliban fighter, Mohammed Yacob, was also unearthed by Burgess:
But all is not peaches and cream in their Cuban paradise. Feroz Abbasi is not the least bit happy with his treatment -- nor should he be; this would make Human Rights Watch blanche:
I'm very happy with the Americans. I don't blame the Americans for capturing me. I blame someone who reported me; I got captured because of him."
I don't think Mr. Abbasi's screams carried too far. I'm much more worried about the sexually fondled guard than I am about this jerk's well being.
During his time in Guantanamo, Mr. Abbasi (writing in the third person) alleges that he was:
- subject to [unspecified] "mental stress and pressure"
- "willfully misdirected ... to pray north"
- deprived of "comfort items"
- subjected to an [apparently failed] "attempt to withdraw Qur'an"
- able to hear two guards having sex, while they "assumed he was asleep"
- distracted from his prayer by the "sharp intake of breath" of a female MP who'd been "sexually fondled".
- offered a plate of pork
- the object of a conspiracy "to keep detainee ignorant of detainee's allotted Tuesday recreation"
- subjected to a "partially successful" attempt to administer injections "under the guise of immunisation", designed to "unhinge detainee's mental and emotional stability"
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