Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Outspoken Guantanamo Detainee Finally Walks Free, Years After Being Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing"-- by Kevin Gosztola



In 2012, Aamer likened his treatment to the torture in George Orwell’s “1984,” which became a favorite book of his while at Guantanamo.
“There is so much to say about the evil they do in this place, specially the small things that no one pay attention to it but one thing you need to know,” Aamer stated. “They control the air we breathe. Control the light, control the noise, control the food, control the water. They control everything and they use it against me any time they want. All that you need to know about this place you just need to read ‘1984’ by George Orwell.”
What the U.S. did to Aamer was deeply inhumane. He was robbed of the opportunity to see his children grow up. His children were robbed of an opportunity to have a father while they grew up. And yet now he is better off than dozens of Guantanamo prisoners who remain at the facility.
There are 112 prisoners, about half who face no charges and are cleared for release. They continue to “live to die,” as Aamer put it, while Aamer and his family fortunately get into share in each other’s warmth for the first time in over thirteen years.

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