Guantanamo: A Hunger Striker's Account
Accused bin Laden guard: 'No one seriously thinks I am a threat'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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jsehgal
Apr 15, 2013 8:47 PM CDT
I have never understood why we declared 'war' on terrorism and started two wars. Even General Colin Powell considered terrorism a civil matter which could have been handled much better with CIA and FBI investigating and arresting criminals even if they were in other countries. Perpetrators of terrorism and their supporters could be brought to justice in publicly held trials and given the toughest sentences including the death penalty and hard labor for life with no possibility of parole. The cost would have been only a fraction of what we have had to endure while at the same time the stature of the USA would have risen remarkably all over the world. For example, how could any muslim organization condemn us for sentencing a murdering bomber to death? Using Gitmo style tactics are suitable for us.
AveMaria
Apr 15, 2013 7:14 PM CDT
No one should be imprisoned without a trial. Sure its VERY suspicious that he was a guard for Osama Bin Laden but couldn't they have temporarily detained him in a jail until he got a trial? I also don't approve of torture which seems like it "might" be occurring to him. I am not certain on that. The force feeding and catheter very well could be for his own health and well being.
awojoone1
Apr 15, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
The solution>>>>HANG THESE ANIMALS !!! These terrorists killed U.S. soldiers !! Force feed them BACON up their behinds !! These people ARE terrorists and should be dealt with accordingly !!! HANG EVERY ONE OF THESE ANIMALS !!!! Simple solution !!!