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Witnesses of the Unseen : Seven Years in Guantanamo / Lakhdar Boumediene, Mustafa Ait Idir; Jeffrey Rose, Daniel Hartnett Norland.

Author/Creator:
Boumediene, Lakhdar, author., Author,
Publication:
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (288 pages)
Subjects:
Detention of persons -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
Prisoners of war -- Abuse of -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
Prisoners of war -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Prisoners and prisons, American.
Local subjects:
Boumediene v. Bush. (search)
Guantanamo. (search)
detainee. (search)
habeas corpus. (search)
innocence. (search)
interrogation. (search)
prisoners' rights. (search)
rendition. (search)
war on terror. (search)
wrongful imprisonment. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
This searing memoir shares the trauma and triumphs of Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir's time inside America's most notorious prison. Lakhdar and Mustafa were living quiet, peaceful lives in Bosnia when, in October 2001, they were arrested and accused of participating in a terrorist plot. After a three-month investigation uncovered no evidence, all charges were dropped and Bosnian courts ordered their freedom. However, under intense U.S. pressure, Bosnian officials turned them over to American soldiers. They were flown blindfolded and shackled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were held in outdoor cages for weeks as the now-infamous military prison was built around them. Guantanamo became their home for the next seven years. They endured torture and harassment and force-feedings and beatings, all the while not knowing if they would ever see their families again. They had no opportunity to argue their innocence until 2008, when the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in their case, Boumediene volume Bush, confirming Guantanamo detainees' constitutional right to challenge their detention in federal court. Weeks later, the George W. Bush-appointed federal judge who heard their case, stunned by the absence of evidence against them, ordered their release. Now living in Europe and rebuilding their lives, Lakhdar and Mustafa are finally free to share a story that every American ought to know. Learn more at witnessesbook.com or donate to a crowdsourced restitution fund at GoFundMe.com/witnesses.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
FOREWORD
PREFACE
NOTE ON THE TEXT
BEFORE GUANTANAMO
WELCOME TO AMERICA
UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
FREEDOM
EPILOGUE
The Sura of Youssef
The Decision to Arrest the "Algerian Six"
The Investigation by Bosnian Authorities
Release and Rendition
State of the Union Address
Exculpatory Emails
Interview with Intelligence Analyst
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
Contributor:
Ait Idir, Mustafa, author., Author,
List, Kathleen
Norland, Daniel Hartnett, editor., Editor,
Rose, Jeffrey, editor., Editor,
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781503602113
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781503602113 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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