Here are some quotes from Sami:
After being reunited with his eight-year old son Mohammed, who was just a baby when he last saw him, Sami summoned the strength to greet Sudan’s President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, accompanied by dozens of ministers, and then gave the world another message via Opheera McDoom of Reuters, explaining that the prisoners in Guantánamo had been subjected to “all kinds of torture,” but that what affected them most deeply was when the guards insulted Islam or desecrated the Holy Qu’ran.
“Security and human rights are inseparable issues — you cannot have one without the other,” he explained, adding, “Human rights are not only for times of peace — you need to hold onto them always even during difficult times and times of war.” He concluded with some choice words for his former captors, which — in light of the well-documented abuse he suffered in US custody, and the agonies of his 16-month hunger strike — will no doubt reverberate around the world:
“My last message to the U.S. administration is that torture will not stop terrorism — torture is terrorism.”
For the whole article, go to: http://www.alternet.org/rights…
The author, Andy Worthington, actually has published a book on the subject, see: http://www.andyworthington.co….
Or, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin:
Those who give up liberty and freedom for safety will not have safety or liberty or freedom.
I have met and talked with several of the attorneys who have represented and worked on the Guantanamo case. As an American, I remain shocked and embarassed that Guantanamo remains open and functioning – it is a low point in our history like the Alien and Sedition Act, the internship camps for Japanese-Americans, and the McCarthy witch hunts. We can and must do better.