I reckon that Slahi's diary, for all that it's especially noteworthy because it comes from the barren terrain of Guantánamo incarceration, is also interesting purely because it is a diary, one of the great genres of writing...
One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...
The five things you need to know on Thursday 10 July 2014... 1) TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKE? Isn't it odd that the Tories
Britain's involvement in kidnap and torture is "truly shocking", a senior Conservative backbencher has concluded. On Thursday
Like everything about this amazing case, Edward Snowden's attempt to claim asylum has become an enormous story in itself. Reportedly still holed up in the "transit zone" of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden's WikiLeaks-assisted efforts to seek a place of political refuge are proving to be as fraught as you might expect in this increasingly strange affair.
As long ago as 2006 President Bush acknowledged (after lengthy rumours) that the US had transported to Guantánamo 14 "high value" detainees previously held by the CIA in a secret location. Now, seven years later, it's noticeable that Department of Defense's updates on the hunger strike at Guantánamo systematically exclude the high value detainees.
Wagging the Bloody Finger: Britain Should Examine Its Own Human Rights Record Before Lecturing Others
Britain is often vocal about human rights abroad, while not meeting its own standards at home.
A Libyan politician suing the government for damages amid claims a tip-off led to him being kidnapped and tortured in a Gaddafi
Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the all-party group on rendition, said the Justice and Security Bill would make it more difficult to establish the truth about Britain's complicity in kidnap and torture and make us all less safe. I think he is right about that.
More than 20 European nations offered support to covert CIA operations to kidnap terror suspects - but many Western countries