One Down, Hundreds to Go

The ordeal of Al-Jazeera cameraman
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

After six and a half years of imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay military prison, Al-Jazeera cameraman, Sami Al-Hajj, was released on May 2, 2008 in a very bad shape. He was carried off a U.S. air force jet on a stretcher when he arrived in Khartoum, Sudan, and immediately taken to hospital. Al-Hajj’s case symbolizes the policy of torture and human rights violation of the Bush Administration.

Here’s an article by an American Muslim for the Tehran Times about Sami Al-Hajj, who we’ve been detaining without charge and torturing for a little over six years now in Guantanamo. I don’t know if it had any effect, but I was part of an Amnesty International letter-writing campaign back in December which tried to accomplish just this.

In the face of evil like, this, what good are a few letters? Precious little, but I write them anyway.

Why is it so revolutionary to say that we should not detain people without charging them indefinitely, or that we shouldn’t torture them?

George W. Bush and his administration have single-handedly revitalized my belief in utter depravity.

Many held at Gauntanamo are not likely terrorists

Some held in Guantanamo are minors

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