Guantánamo Diary

Guantánamo Diary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi Larry Siems / Sep 15, 2019

Guant namo Diary An unprecedented international publishing event the first and only diary written by a still imprisoned Guant namo Bay detainee Since Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at

  • Title: Guantánamo Diary
  • Author: Mohamedou Ould Slahi Larry Siems
  • ISBN: 9780316328685
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An unprecedented international publishing event the first and only diary written by a still imprisoned Guant namo Bay detainee.Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guant namo Bay, Cuba In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S government fouAn unprecedented international publishing event the first and only diary written by a still imprisoned Guant namo Bay detainee.Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guant namo Bay, Cuba In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go.Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S custody, his endless world tour of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantanamo prisoner His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious Published now for the first time, Guantanamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance and a riveting and profoundly revealing read.

    Guantnamo Diary Guantnamo Diary is now out in paperback As Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been unable to speak about his book himself, his incredible, moving story is being brought to life by celebrities who have been touched by his story. Guantnamo Bay US news The Guardian The long read Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantnamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged.His son is currently in a US prison Both have been in custody The Times The Sunday Times News and opinion from The Times The Sunday Times

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      • Mohamedou Ould Slahi Larry Siems

        Mohamedou Ould Slahi is a Mauritanian citizen who has been imprisoned at the Guant namo Bay detention camp since August 4, 2002 In 2005, he wrote the nonfiction book Guant namo Diary , which was published 10 years later.


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    1. I’m sorry to have to tell you, but the terrorists won. And when I say "terrorists" I mean the Saudi team led by a Saudi millionaire. Yep. This book by Mohamedou Ould Slahi confirms it. The 9/11 attacks achieved what was intended, and what was intended was clearly not just to topple the WTC towers. What was intended was to spin the United States in a cycle of stupidity, violence, ignobility, and abuse; to trap it in a mire of hate; to force it to shed its ideals of justice and due process and a [...]


    2. Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems (Editor) is a very thought-provoking and disturbing book. This man was arrested and released in 2002. Arrested again and then held, although the government where he was arrested could not understand why he was arrested but they were doing it for the Americans. He was shipped to a couple of places until he arrived at Guantanamo. Never charged with anything, held from 2002 then was finally told he was to be released in 2009 by Judge Roberts [...]


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    4. لوهلة ظننت أن محمدو صلاحي المعتقل في غوانتنامو مصاب بمتلازمة ستوكهولم، وهي حالة نفسية تصيب الضحية عندما يتعاطف أو يتعاون مع الجلاد أو من أساء إليه بشكل من الأشكال، فرغم أنه يسرد بأدق التفاصيل صنوف العذاب الجسدي، والنفسي، والجنسي كذلك الذي مورس عليه في غوانتانامو، إلا أنه ي [...]


    5. Let's be clear about a couple of things: this is not a 5 star read in the way that War and Peace is a 5 star read. While this book is actually quite nicely constructed, it is in the author's fourth language and contains too many colloquialisms for my liking. In spite of that bit of prissiness on my part, I think it is one of the most important books of the past decade. Now I know that there are a lot of "my country, right or wrong" morons out there that will take me to task on this and claim tha [...]


    6. In one of your better metafictional gambits, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has managed to get his memoir edited* by his actual torturers. Nabokov would have loved this.* I guess we call it "redacted" when it's CIA, whateverIt was edited again by actual literary people after a six-year legal battle to get it out of Gitmo, where Slahi has been held since 2002. This second editing process provides some of the most entertaining moments of the book: the latter's exasperated footnotes about the former. "It see [...]


    7. It was quite a relief to run the last lap of this memoir today knowing that it is literally the same 24-hour period in which Mohamedou Ould Slahi has finally been cleared for release after fourteen years of torture and isolation in Guantanamo without charges. The perfect timing makes this true story far less grim than it would have been even just yesterday. It seems to me that the U.S. Government/the interrogators at Gitmo have known for about a decade that this guy didn't do anything but join t [...]


    8. Mohamedou Ould Slahi wrote this diary in 2005 while in detention in Guantánamo. For years he was considered America’s highest ranking terror suspect; I don’t know when that designation changed, or if it ever did. In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Guantánamo detainees could challenge their detention through habeas corpus. In 2009 U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson heard Mohamedou’s petition and in 2010 ordered his release. Within weeks, Obama’s administration filed a noti [...]


    9. Essential reading.Whilst it is upsetting, depressing and shocking, Mohamedou Ould Slahi is also inspirational and even funny in parts. There are many insights into Guantanamo prison life but huge amounts left unsaid or redacted. 'Arrest', rendition to, imprisonment and interrogation at GTMO can be summed up as lawless horror, brutality and torture. Ironically the descriptions reminded me of the interrogations in Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago (which happened under Stalin).


    10. Update: I am going to add slam poems that I feel match the feeling of the book.Sara Brickman - "Letter from the Water at Guantanamo Bay": youtube/watch?v=MhWpC"Why are Muslims So": youtube/watch?v=3_i7wUsman Hameedi - "Poem Postmarked for the Middle East": youtube/watch?v=OZ8gHAmir Safi - "Brown Boy. White House": youtube/watch?v=mr0IV.“Whenever I realized that a guard was mean I pretended that I understood no English “We don’t like you to speak English. We want you to die slowly,” he sa [...]


    11. youtube/watch?v=vrEMUهل هناك حد للظلم ؟ لا أعتقد ذلك !كتاب يجسد المعاناة الحقيقية لمعتقل في غوانتانامو كتبها بنفسه وظللت عديد الحقائق منها ان لم ترض عنك امريكا فانت متهم ومذنب وارهابي يكفي انك عربي ومسلم


    12. I didn't finish this book, because it's too horrifying. And yet, I give it five stars. Mohamedou Ouid Slahi is a very good writer and diarist. What is terrible is the consistent torture he has to go through on a daily basis - and more likely is still treated in this manner. Brutality + brutality never equals peace. What's terrible about this specific story is that the U.S. is behind the brutality here. For whatever reasons it seems that it is perfectly OK to torture another human - for just the [...]


    13. So very, very, very, very upsetting. Five stars not for the quality of the writing, although that is often splendid, but because this prison memoir (of a man in the midst of his thirteenth year in a Guantanamo cell) is an eye-opening must-read for any American citizen.


    14. I'm recommending this to everyone -- Slahi is the first and so far only person to have been held in Guantánamo and tortured by the US to have written about and published a memoir. Mark Danner in the New York Times wrote that the diary "is the most profound account yet written of what it is like to be that collateral damage" mentioned by our torturer in chief Dick Cheney. This harrowing tale is but one of what will someday be many direct accounts by victims.Originally from Mauritius, Slahi, 45, [...]


    15. This review is not about how the book is good or bad. This review is about how a man can have the energy and the patience to learn and write his diary using a language that he barely knew. This review is about how a man can have the courage to stand up and start writing, after all, the torture, humiliation and agony. This review is about how a man can write with so much love and fun about his torturers and guards. I had known some Mauritanian people and I discovered how they are generous and lov [...]


    16. A stunning & shocking book that should be required reading for Americans. Quite a few of Slahi's accounts have since been corroborated by declassified reports & documents, as well as various legal actions to bring some of these activities to light (which lends weight to him being a fairly reliable narrator). Slahi's diary shines a bright & damning light on the fundamental shift in American thinking that took place after 9/11 when America walked away from many of its previously-held, [...]


    17. A must-read for every person of conscience, eloquently written in the author's fourth language, English. As I told my husband about Mohamedou Ould Slahi's continuing, more than 12 year, incarceration at Guantanamo, and particularly about the abuse and torture, both physical and psychological, he has received at the hands or behest of the U.S. government, he asked how I could stand to read about these things. The answer: To bear witness to Slahi's experience so that we can end, and in future prev [...]


    18. Update: In October 2016, Mohamedou Oul Slahi was freed from Guantanamo Bay and returned back to Mauritania. Mohamedou Ould Slahi.Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of this book is still imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as I type on my computer keyboard.And after reading this book, it's still not clear why exactly the American government decided to detain him.Slahi seemed to be set for a bright future. After finishing high school, he won a scholarship to study in Germany. For 12 years, he studied, work [...]


    19. Not Redacted"The Law of war is Harsh, If there's anything good at all on a war, it's that it brings the best and the worst out of people: some people try to use the lawlessness to hurt others, and some try to reduce the suffering to the minimum."Putting aside political, cultural and spiritual preferences I personally found this book to be thought provoking, eyeopening, candid read, filled with humor. I'm always skeptical about autobiographies as I find them firstly Boring and Unnecessary. This b [...]


    20. كتاب أشبه بالجحيم وقصة مثيرة، لن تستطيع النوم حتى تنهيها !!


    21. It is the responsibility of every American to read this book.It is not the responsibility of the reader to make a conclusion on whether Salahi is necessarily innocent or guilty (though his conditions of guilt are not and have never been described), nor is it the responsibility of the reader to even qualify a judgment against Salahi’s character. Ultimately what the reader must take from this account, indeed what post-modern American society must come to grips with, is a true, first-hand underst [...]


    22. I suppose one of the only good things about being sick in bed is the opportunity to read books like this. Every person should read this book and come to his or her own conclusions regarding the actions of the United States for, at minimum, the last fifteen years. Some of us have read and researched this, so the actions portrayed are not surprising. However, the voice of the victim is incredibly compelling. What is sad is that the stories told here are still likely not known by the minority of Am [...]


    23. There are a number of accounts that have now been published regarding the experiences of those who were detained as part of the US detentions system in the War on Terror. Mohamedou Ould Slahi provides us with another important witness to the treatment of the survivors and those who continue to suffer. A unique perspective that Slahi brings from the other Guantanamo Bay accounts, is the role that was played by the Mauritanian authorities in cooperating with the Americans as part of the detention, [...]


    24. I saw an interview on one of the Sunday talk shows yesterday with Nancy Hollander, Mohamedou's lead attorney and downloaded the book. I could not put it down and just finished after reading most of the night. This is a story of courage in the face of systematic, brutal and sadistic physical and psychological torture. This man's spirit and determination to survive are awe-inspiring. The book is slow-going as this unclassified document is heavily redacted, and it is necessary to refer to the footn [...]


    25. One of the most powerful books I've read in recent years. Not only a firsthand account of the moral and practical flaws of torture and "enhanced interrogation" techniques but also a gripping personal story of a man imprisoned without charge and forced to admit to crimes he did not commit. Slahi's Guantanamo Diary is perhaps most similar in voice and material to Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich but retold for our current post-Soviet, "War on Terror" context. Perhaps most surp [...]


    26. I've never in my entire life endure attempts at brainwashing quite like this. I finished this book on principle after being stationed at GTMO for a year. The redactions were poorly done (many inconsistencies/redundancies were pointed out by the editor). I'm not saying that MOS wasn't tortured, but I strongly feel that this book is an attempt to play on the emotions of the reader. This book is completely subjective and anyone who reads this book as a voice of truth and doesn't take it with a grai [...]


    27. Thought provoking. Because the author remains in GITMO and the published version of his original text has not been seen by the author and heavily redacted by CIA, it is hard to determine if this text is truth or an argument for the author’s defense.


    28. Slahi was released from Guantánamo Bay last month after enduring 14 years of torture and imprisonment. Although his memoir Guantánamo Diary is heavily censored by authorities, what remains is a horrifying account of the detention facility and our treatment of "war criminals."


    29. This is really a 4.5 for me. This book is the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who has been held at Guantánamo Bay for 14 years and he has "never" been charged with a crime. He has been interrogated thousands of times, beaten and tortured by the US without being guilty. Through it all he has kept his faith, which is peaceful, and doesn't hate "all" Americans which I find miraculous in his situation. He is an intelligent man who has been severely wronged by our system. His life has been destroyed b [...]


    30. It's a hard but necessary book to read. Contains descriptions of numerous forms of physical, sexual, emotional and psychological torture. Finishing it after having been reading it for so long kind of has me at a loss for words beyond why.


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