Sunday, June 11, 2006  

Why Gitmo is not a resort in Cuba

There has been a lot of talk about the suicides in Gitmo and one of the thoughts on the right is that these three unfortunates did it "to spite us."

Listen here to what Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, a lawyer for Bahraini detainee Jumah al-Dossari, has to say about the conditions of detention and al-Dossari's suicide attempts (yes, you read right, Al-Dossari has tried to commit suicide numerous times).

Al-Dossari survived (and is supposedly not one of the three that succeeded- those are reported to be two Saudis and a Yemeni), but he left this note, declassified last year:
I hope you will always remember that you met and sat with a "human being" called "Jumah" who suffered too much and was abused in his belief, self, in his dignity and also in his humanity. He was imprisoned, tortured and deprived from his homeland, his family and his young daughter who is in the most need for him for four years…with no reason or crime committed. Remember that there are hundreds of detainees in Guantanamo -Cuba - they are in the same situation of suffering and misfortune. They were captured, tortured and detained with no offense or reason. Their lives might end like mine… When you remember me in my last gasps of life before dying, while my soul is leaving my body to rise to its creator, remember that the world let us and let our case down… Remember that our governments let us down… Remember the unreasonable delay of the courts in looking into our case and to side with the victims of injustice…

You can read the rest here.

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