Diary of a Man Held For 13 Years in Indefinite Detention

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held by Bush and Obama in indefinite detention in Guantánamo for 13 years now and remains there, has released a book he hand-wrote in the camp, called Guantánamo Diary. 

Reporter Tom Carter explains that the book’s publisher has left in the black bars inserted by the US government, so readers can see how much of the book the government is censoring.  An example of what two pages look like:

Read Carter’s review for an excellent overview and details such as:

Torturers threatened to hurt members of [Slahi’s] family, kept him in a freezer and doused him with cold water, blasted his ears with rock music, sexually assaulted him, threatened to kill him, and repeatedly beat him within an inch of his life.

The most important details and descriptions come from Slahi himself.  Excerpts are included in the review.

Robert Barsocchini is an internationally published researcher and writer who focuses on global force dynamics and also writes professionally for the film industry.  He is a regular contributor to  Washington’s Blog.  Follow Robert and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.

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