By Mohamedou Ould Slahi
An remarkable overseas publishing occasion: the 1st and in simple terms diary written by way of a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned on the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In these kind of years, the USA hasn't ever charged him with against the law. A federal pass judgement on ordered his unlock in March 2010, however the U.S. govt fought that call, and there's no signal that the us plans to permit him go.
Three years into his captivity Slahi started a diary, recounting his lifestyles earlier than he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his never-ending international travel" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his way of life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary isn't really basically a bright list of a miscarriage of justice, yet a deeply own memoir---terrifying, darkly funny, and strangely gracious. released now for the 1st time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a record of enormous ancient value and a riveting and profoundly revealing learn.
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In some sections the prose feels more polished, and in some the handwriting looks smaller and more precise, both suggesting possible previous drafts; elsewhere the writing has more of a first-draft sprawl and urgency. There are significant variations in narrative approach, with less linear storytelling in the sections recounting the most recent events—as one would expect, given the intensity of the events and proximity of the characters he is describing. Even the overall shape of the work is unresolved, with a series of flashbacks to events that precede the central narrative appended at the end.
Throughout this process, I was confronted with a set of challenges specifically connected with the manuscript’s previous editing process: the government’s redactions. These redactions are changes that have been imposed on the text by the same government that continues to control the author’s fate and has used secrecy as an essential tool of that control for more than thirteen years. As such, the black bars on the page serve as vivid visual reminders of the author’s ongoing situation. At the same time, deliberately or not, the redactions often serve to impede the sense of narrative, blur the contours of characters, and obscure the open, approachable tone of the author’s voice.
September 11, 2002, America arrested a man by the name of Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who is said to be the key guy in the September 11th attacks,” Mohamedou recounted at his 2005 ARB hearing. It is exactly one year after September 11, and since his capture my life has changed drastically. The guy identified me as the guy that he saw in October 1999, which is correct, he was in my house. He said that I advised him to go to Afghanistan to train. Okay, then his interrogator ■■■■■■■■■■ from the FBI asked him to speculate who I was as a person.
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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