Inside Guantánamo Bay: Desperate prisoners ask ‘where is freedom?’

The man’s bearded face appeared at the narrow cell window, eyes dark and raging, his arms gesticulating wildly. From the confines of the 12ft by 8ft cell at Guantánamo Bay’s Camp V — the maximum security unit for the “least compliant” inmates — he made violent slashing motions across his wrists, pounded the side of his head, and jammed imaginary feeding tubes up his nose. “Alpha-3,” he kept mouthing as he tried to tell us that the inmate in Alpha-3 cell was suicidal and on hunger strike.

Then he began to place family pictures up against the glass, including two little boys staring at the camera clutching a fluffy toy deer. Soon another face appeared at another cell window — he covered his face with the Koran and disappeared from view — and another, screaming: “What is freedom? Ask them, what is freedom?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth of the business is, because so many of these people were simply "sold" to the Americans for a bounty, a fair number of them actually did nothing worse than to be at the most absolutely wrong place at the most absolutely wrong time.

So the US is hard-pressed to release them, because it will be a grand embarrassment to the US as to how many of these folks were actually innocent of any real wrong doing, but have devolved into terrible psychological and physical states due to the nature of their incarceration.

The bottom line here is, many will simply be held "indefinitely", not because they are any real danger, but so that their true story can never be told.

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