A Letter from Guantanamo by Sami al-Haj

By Al-Jazeera Cameraman Sami al-Haj

The U.S. was the country that prided itself by bringing peace; now, sadly, instead it rains down violence and discord. Guantánamo is the most obvious example of this.

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Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj hits out at US captors

Saying that "rats are treated with more humanity", al-Hajj said inmates' "human dignity was violated".

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Guantanamo inmates on hunger strike

Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba have begun a new hunger strike.

//www.australiannews.net/story/354012



Interview-"Torture is terrorism", ex-Guantanamo man tells US

"My last message to the U.S. administration is that torture will not stop terrorism -- torture is terrorism."

//www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL02898954


From Information Clearing House

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Al Jazeera Cameraman Freed From Guantanamo After Six Years

The Associated Press: "An Al-Jazeera cameraman was released from US custody at Guantanamo Bay and returned home to Sudan early Friday after six years of imprisonment that drew worldwide protests. Sami al-Haj arrived at the airport in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, on a US military plane along with two other Sudanese released from Guantanamo."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050208M.shtml

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Reflection on Sami al-Haj

Common Dreams
by Susan Crane

05/28/08

On May 27th, with 34 others, I face trial for attempting to bring to public scrutiny the issues of indefinite detention and torture and the lack of Geneva Convention protections and of habeas corpus for the prisoners. Some of us have decided to be silent during the trial and not offer any defense — a gesture of solidarity with the Guantanamo prisoners, like Sami, who are not allowed to defend themselves in court, who are not permitted to see the evidence against them and are convicted before the ‘trial’ begins. Clive Stafford Smith, who represented Sami al-Haj and worked hard for his release, was not allowed to attend hearings concerning Sami. It will be a challenge to sit silently in a courtroom, knowing that truth matters little. It will be hard because we know that, despite the rhetoric, we are seen as guilty because we were arrested — regardless of what we did or didn’t do, just as the Guantanamo men are seen as guilty regardless of what they did or didn’t do...

//www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/28/9261/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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