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Title:
Guantánamo diary
Author:
Slahi, Mohamedou Ould.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
xlix, 379 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee. Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered released by a federal judge, the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir--terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a document of immense historical importance"--
Language:
English
Contents:
One. Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO, July 2002-February 2003, BEFORE -- Two. Senegal-Mauritania, January 21, 2000-February 19, 2000 -- Three. Mauritania, September 19, 2001-November 28, 2001 -- Four. Jordan, November 29, 2001-July 19, 2002, GTMO -- Five. GTMO, February 2003-August 2003 -- Six. GTMO, August 2003-December 2003 -- Seven. GTMO, 2004-2005 -- About the Authors.
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ISBN:
9780316328685
Format :
Book

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An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.

Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go.

Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his endless world tour" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir---terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a document of immense historical importance and a riveting and profoundly revealing read.


Author Notes

Mohamedou Slahi was born in a small town in Mauritania in 1970. He won a scholarship to attend college in Germany and worked there for several years as an engineer. He returned to Mauritania in 2000. The following year, at the behest of the United States, he was detained by Mauritanian authorities and rendered to a prison in Jordan; later he was rendered again, first to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and finally, on August 5, 2002, to the U.S. prison at Guant'namo Bay, Cuba, where he was subjected to severe torture. He was cleared and released on October 16th of 2016 and repatriated to his native country of Mauritania. No charges were filed against him during or after this ordeal.

Larry Siems is a writer and human rights activist and for many years directed the Freedom to Write program at PEN American Center. He is the author, most recently, of The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America's Post-9/11 Torture Program. He lives in New York.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A Guantanamo detainee endures a hellish ordeal in this riveting prison diary. Slahi, an electrical engineer, was arrested in his native Mauritania in 2001 at the behest of the U.S. government and has been incarcerated at the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for 13 years. (The memoir was originally written in 2005 but was only recently declassified, with redactions.) There he fought a Kafkaesque battle with interrogators who pressured him to admit involvement in the 9/11 attacks and the failed "millennium plot" to bomb several targets on Jan. 1, 2000, which he insisted he had no part in, and subjected him to vicious beatings, freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation, sexual groping, and threats that his mother would be imprisoned. After months of abuse, Slahi says, he falsely confessed to terrorism charges. The gripping memoir, ably edited by Larry Siems, captures the prisoner's suffering and disorientation, yet has currents of reflectiveness and empathy as Slahi strives to understand his captors and connect with their humane impulses. His case is complicated: he trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the early 1990s, but he was ordered released from Gitmo by a federal judge in 2010 (though Slahi is still imprisoned there), and Siems's introduction makes a cogent case for his innocence. Whatever the truth, this searing narrative exposes the dark side of the "war on terror"-the system of arbitrary imprisonment and "enhanced interrogation" where justice gives way to lawless brutality. (Jan.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Larry Siems
A Timeline of Detentionp. ix
Notes on the Text, Redactions, and Annotationsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
1 Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO: July 2002-February 2003p. 3
Before
2 Senegal-Mauritania: January 21, 2000-February 19, 2000p. 71
3 Mauritania: September 29, 2001-November 28, 2001p. 107
4 Jordan: November 20, 2001-July 19, 2002p. 150
GTMO
5 GTMO: February 2003-August 2003p. 191
6 GTMO: September 2003-December 2003p. 264
7 GTMO: 2004-2005p. 308
Author's Notep. 373
Editor's Acknowledgmentsp. 375
Notes to Introductionp. 377
About the Authorsp. 381

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