Video nasty

July 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Human Rights, U.S. Politics | Leave a comment
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A really great account of the first released video of an interrogation at Guantanamo, and a lament for our lost humanity:

He looks like a child; crying, begging for help, but he receives no sympathy or comfort from the strangers sat opposite him. Beyond the grainy, low quality video that only reveals a pale faced man in an orange jump suit; he is a child. He is a boy of only sixteen, yet the strangers have not come to help him, instead they are there to exploit the trust and desperation of this young man. The strangers joke about his wounds, “I’m not a doctor, but you look like you’re getting good medical care,” he soon realises that they are not there to help him. The strangers are his own countrymen, and this sixteen year-old boy who has been subjected to weeks of sleep deprivation is a Canadian citizen.

Six years after he was first detained, videos of Omar Khadr being interrogated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Guantanamo have been released. They are the first videos of a Gitmo interrogation to ever be released. In the words of a Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) official, he is very simply a “screwed up young man”.

You should read the rest here.


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