Gitmo Detainee Calls al-Jazeera, Alleges Abuse
Prisoner, captured at 14, says he was beaten, tear-gassed
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2009 11:48 AM CDT
This image, released by his lawyer, shows Mohammed el Gharani, a Chad native who has complained of abuse at Guantanamo Bay.

(Newser) – Prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay hasn’t gotten any better since Barack Obama took office, one detainee told al-Jazeera yesterday after using newly granted phone privileges to call the Middle Eastern news network. Mohammed al Gharani says he’s been abused “almost every day” since Obama’s term began, the Miami Herald reports. The 21-year-old described one incident in which guards beat him with a rubber baton and threw tear gas at him when he refused to leave his cell.

Gharani celled an al-Jazeera cameraman who was released from Guantanamo last year after 6 years' incarceration. Gharani had recently gained phone privileges following his transfer to a camp for detainees awaiting release. In January, a court ruled that the Chad citizen, who was nabbed in Pakistan at age 14 in 2002, should go free because the Pentagon’s “mosaic of allegations” against him wasn’t strong enough.

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Apr 16, 2009 10:53 AM CDT
Sorry dude most of the planet disagrees with you on that one. But hey you beleive what you gotta...Faith in a higher power is a source of great strength and resolve for many who have little else to keep them just to be loves even you my angry brother...:)
Apr 15, 2009 9:43 AM CDT
I find so amusing that you people all pretend to believe in a god that doesn't even exist, yet you can't even live up to its moral teachings. Pathetic.
Apr 15, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
You all want to fight a "civilized war" because we're better than that against radical islam? Okay. We lose. "O" can sign the terms of surrender any day now. Idiots.