How a Botched Translation Landed Emad Hassan in Gitmo
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Newsweek
Posted: September 20th, 2015
It was the spring of 2002. Pakistani authorities burst into the house [Emad Hassan] shared with 14 other foreign students and brought them to a nearby prison. After two months of beatings and interrogation, the Pakistanis handed him over to the U.S. military. They stripped him of his clothes and put him in a diaper. Then they blindfolded him, placed earmuffs over his head and marched him onto a plane. When the aircraft landed, he soon learned he was in the U.S. prison at Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. For years, the White House has been trying to close Gitmo. As of early September, 52 of the 116 prisoners who remain at the U.S. facility have been cleared to be set free, a tacit admission, critics say, that they should never have been imprisoned. The Pakistani forces who took Hassan from his student housing, his lawyers say, received $5,000 from the U.S. military. This was typical. According to a 2006 analysis ... the vast majority of detainees at Guantnamo Bay were arrested by local groups eager to profit from the counterterrorism gold rush. His lawyers claim much of the U.S. governments incriminating information comes from a small group of informants at Guantnamo who told interrogators what they wanted to hear. Many sold out their fellow detainees for small rewards. [In 2009] Obamas task force cleared Hassan for release - a process that requires six federal agencies to agree that a prisoner doesnt pose a national security threat.
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