Guantanamo: A Hunger Striker's Account

Accused bin Laden guard: 'No one seriously thinks I am a threat'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2013 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – The New York Times today offers a harrowing firsthand account of life as a Gitmo detainee on hunger strike. "I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial"—all this even though "no one seriously thinks I am a threat," writes Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, who says he was accused of being a guard for Osama bin Laden. He was arrested after fleeing to Pakistan from Afghanistan "like everyone else" after the US invaded, he writes.

He describes being force-fed while tied to a bed last month, denied access to the bathroom, and forced to use a "degrading" catheter. "I had never experienced such pain" as being force-fed through the nose—still a twice-daily occurrence, he writes. "The only reason I am still here is that President Obama refuses to send any detainees back to Yemen." But "I am a human being, not a passport," he notes. "Where is my government?" he asks. "I will agree to whatever it takes in order to be free." Click for his full column.

In this May 13, 2009 file photo reviewed by the US military, the sun rises over the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn.
In this May 13, 2009 file photo reviewed by the US military, the sun rises over the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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