Seven Years of Torture: Binyam Mohamed Tells His Story


In his first interview since his release from Guantánamo, British resident and torture victim Binyam Mohamed has reinforced all the horrendous claims made about his treatment since he was first seized in Pakistan in April 2002 — in particular, his torture in Pakistani custody (supervised by US agents), and his torture in Morocco and at the CIA’s “Dark Prison” in Kabul — in a wide-ranging discussion with David Rose for the Mail on Sunday.

Most worryingly for the British government, he has also revealed more of the British role in his interrogations by the Americans’ proxy torturers in Morocco than has previously been publicly available, which will only add to the pressure on the government to explain its role in actively gathering intelligence obtained through torture, rather than hiding behind blanket statements that “We never condone or authorize the use of torture.”

In the wake of his lawyers’ long struggle to secure the facts about Binyam’s case, this is a claim that looks increasingly evasive and untenable, especially in light of more recent revelations that the British intelligence services regularly feed questions to Pakistani interrogators, in the cases of British suspects seized in Pakistan, even though they are aware that the Pakistani authorities use torture, and also with reference to comments made last week by Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan.

In an appeal on his website for supporters to write to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, urging the members to hear his evidence on the UK government’s policy of using intelligence gained through the use of torture, Murray wrote, “I can testify that beyond any doubt the British government has for at least six years [had] a considered but secret policy of cooperation with torture abroad,” and that, at an FCO meeting in March 2003, “I was told … that it is not illegal for us to obtain intelligence gained by torture, provided that we did not do the torture ourselves. I was told that it had been decided that as a matter of War on Terror policy we should now obtain intelligence from torture, following discussion between Jack Straw and Richard Dearlove” (the head of MI6).

The background to Binyam’s story

Over the years, the outline of Binyam’s story before he made his ill-fated trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan has been available, but has never been provided in much detail. Speaking to David Rose, Binyam gave the most comprehensive account to date, explaining how, in 1992, when he was just 14, his father, a senior executive with the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, fled to the United States with his three children after the dictator Haile Mengistu was overthrown and his colleagues were being arrested. The family settled in a suburb of Washington D.C., but Binyam was subjected to racist bullying at school, and so, after around two years, his father decided to see if the UK would be a better home for him. “I didn’t like the US at all,” Binyam said. “It just didn’t feel right for me to be there and I wanted to get out.”

Binyam and his father arrived in London in the spring of 1994, but after a week, when they stayed in a hotel, his father returned to the States, leaving him to fend for himself. After being housed in a hostel by Social Services, he was placed in a housing association flat, applied for asylum — and was given leave to remain — and enrolled at Paddington Green sixth-form college, where he passed an A-level in electronic engineering, and then began studying at the City of Westminster College.

His troubles began in the summer of 1996, when, he was persuaded to smoke some cannabis at the Notting Hill Carnival. Within two years, he said, he was smoking heroin and, on occasion, crack cocaine. “Often I didn’t even bother to go to college,” he said. “I was surrounded by people who were doing the same thing. I was also drinking a lot. Finally, I dropped out.”

In 1999, Binyam began trying to kick his habit. Kick-boxing was a start, and, as David Rose noted, “if he was searching for a father figure, he seems to have found it in his kick-boxing instructor, of whom he still speaks reverentially.” Binyam explained, “I had to get fit again, and I started using my money to buy food again, not heroin.” He also began wondering if some help could be found through his mother’s religion, Islam, and, by the summer of 2000, was working as a janitor at an Islamic Cultural Centre. As Rose described it, he “began to spend as much time there as he could, often staying the night — largely in order to avoid his old drug-abusing friends who still clustered around his apartment.”

At the Centre, he met someone who told him about Malcolm X, and explained that he had only understood Islam properly when he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. This person then suggested that Binyam should travel to Afghanistan, to see the “pure” form of Islam implemented by the Taliban. Rose asked him how much he knew about the Taliban. “Minus one,” came the reply. “I really had no idea what it was.”


In May 2001, he flew to Islamabad, using money he had saved. As he didn’t have a passport (his Ethiopian passport had expired, and, as an asylum seeker, he didn’t have a British one), he borrowed a British passport from a friend and changed the photo. From Islamabad, he crossed the porous border into Afghanistan in a truck. “No one looked at my documents,” he said. “I just kept down.”

He insisted, however, that he travelled not to fight, but to provide humanitarian assistance, and explained that, in London, he had, as Rose described it, “been moved and appalled by watching TV news stories about the plight of civilians caught in Russia’s second war against Chechnya, where thousands, mainly Muslims, had been killed and tortured.” “To me, the Chechens were the freedom fighters and the Russians were the oppressors,” he said. “It was the sight of the women and the kids being killed: innocent lives being lost for no reason. I wanted to go there to do what I could — not for fighting, but as an aid and rescue worker.”

On arriving in Afghanistan, Binyam said that he found people with connections to the Chechen resistance in a guest house in Jalalabad. “I was told,” he said, “that the Russians don’t separate between aid workers and those doing the fighting, and that if I wanted to go to Chechnya, I needed basic training. I was so young, I didn’t question it. I didn’t expect to fire a gun except in training, let alone kill someone. I would never have taken up arms against British or American soldiers, let alone attacked civilians. I wanted to protect civilians, not kill them.”

Persuaded to attend a training camp, like many others who travelled to Afghanistan through an ill-defined desire to help the Chechen resistance (and who also ended up in Guantánamo), Binyam said that he was there for 45 days, but, as Rose put it, “Much of the time … was spent sitting around doing nothing,” and that he “learnt nothing that could be construed as terrorist training: there were no lessons on bomb-making, for example.”

Afterwards, he said, he went to Kabul, where he was struck down by malaria and hospitalized. It was while he was in the hospital that he learned of the 9/11 attacks, which prompted him to try to leave the country. “All I wanted to do,” he said, “was to get back to London, to the country that I thought of as home, to continue my education and find a job; to get back to my life, minus the drugs.” As Rose explained, he was then “swept up in the tide of refugees,” fleeing from city to city until he managed to cross the border into Pakistan, where he made his way to Karachi in the hope of returning home. In the heightened paranoia of the time, however, he was turned back by officials as he tried to board a flight on April 3, because his passport “looked wrong,” and a week later, when he tried again, was detained by the authorities and taken to Landi prison.

Pakistan: the nightmare begins, and the British become involved

This was when his nightmare began. After two weeks, an American agent, who identified himself as “Chuck,” and who said that he worked for the FBI, visited him. As previously noted, this was when Binyam asked for a lawyer, but was told, “The law’s changed. There are no lawyers. Either you’re going to answer me the easy way or I get the information I need another way.” It was also at this time that he made what turned out to be his most grievous error, when, as Rose put it, he “mentioned that while he was in Pakistan he had seen a website with spoof instructions for building a nuclear device — instructions that included advice to refine bomb-grade uranium by whirling a bucket round one’s head,” unaware that the US intelligence agencies were “obsessed” with claims that al-Qaeda had acquired a nuclear device. “I mentioned the website to Chuck,” Binyam said, adding, “It was obviously a joke: it never crossed my mind that anyone would take it seriously. But that’s when he started getting all excited. Towards the end of April he began telling me about this A-bomb I was supposed to be building, and he started on about Osama Bin Laden and his top lieutenants, showing me pictures and making out I must have known them. He started asking me about operations and what type I had been trained for.”

As the joke turned into a plot that would lead Binyam to torture chambers in Morocco and Afghanistan, Binyam’s treatment between interrogations — at the hands of the Pakistani authorities — got worse. “For at least ten days,” he said, “I was deprived of sleep. Sometimes the Pakistanis chained me from the top of the gate to the cell by my wrists from the end of one interrogation to the start of the next for about 22 hours. If I shouted, sometimes I would be allowed to use a toilet. Other times, they wouldn’t let me go and I would piss myself. They had a thick wooden stick, like a kind of paddle, which they used to beat me while I was chained. They’d beat me for a few minutes, then stop, then start again. They also carried out a mock execution. A guard put a gun to my head and said he was going to pull the trigger. They were saying, ‘This is what the Americans want us to do.’”

As Rose explained, “Details of the abuse Mohamed underwent in Pakistan are contained in the ‘redacted’ section of the British High Court judgment on his case that Foreign Secretary David Miliband is refusing to release, claiming that to do so would damage the intelligence-sharing relationship with America. As the court has made clear in the open section of its judgment, when an MI5 officer known as ‘John’ went to interrogate Mohamed on May 17, 2002, he was made fully aware of what had been happening.”

Binyam elaborated. “John was a white male, 30, with short black hair and a goatee,” he said. “He was about 5ft 10in and stocky. There was another guy with him, about the same size with a full, dark beard. I don’t know if he was British or American. The Americans had already been threatening to send me somewhere where I would be tortured far worse, like Jordan or Egypt.” He then added an anecdote about British knowledge of his forthcoming rendition that has been reported before. “I was given a cup of tea and asked for one sugar,” he said. “The other guy told me, ‘You’ll need more than one sugar where you’re going.’”

He continued, “They asked me about the A-bomb website and I told them it was a joke. They wanted to know everything about my life in the UK and I gave them all the information I had. Later I realized that was part of my undoing: I told them the area I lived in had 10,000 Moroccans and was known as Little Morocco. The feedback I got later from the Americans was that because the Brits told them I had lived in a Moroccan area, they thought Moroccans would be more likely to make me talk. At the same time, they thought I must know something about what Moroccans were up to in London.”

After pointing out that a Moroccan interrogator later specifically told him, “Do you know who sent you here? The British sent you here,” Rose discussed an MI5 memo, disclosed to Binyam via the American courts, which, as Rose indicated, “suggests the British saw themselves as central to his interrogation.”

The memo stated, “We believe that our knowledge of the UK scene may provide contextual background useful during any continuing interview process. This may enable individual officers to identify any inconsistencies during discussions. This will place the detainee under more direct pressure and would seem to be the most effective way of obtaining intelligence on Mohammed’s [sic] activities/plans concerning the UK.” This was in spite of the fact that MI5 saw “inconsistencies” in Binyam’s account of the “dirty bomb” plot, and that “John” had also recorded Binyam’s statement that the website he had seen was “a joke.”

As Rose put it, “MI5 concluded that Mohamed and another prisoner being interrogated were ‘lying to protect themselves’ and ‘evidently holding back,’” and, as a result, “Day after day, MI5 kept the Americans supplied with questions and information.” As Binyam explained, “John told me that if I co-operated he’d tell the Americans to be more lenient with my treatment.”

In another confidential memo, Rose explained, “John” wrote, “I told Mohammed [sic] that he had an opportunity to help us and help himself. The US authorities will be deciding what to do with him and this would depend to a very large degree on his co-operation — I said that I could not and would not negotiate up-front, but if he persuaded me he was co-operating fully then (and only then) I would explore what could be done for him with my US colleagues.” As Rose went on to note, “John” clearly felt Binyam “wasn’t co-operating enough,” and the memo concluded, “While he appeared happy to answer any questions, he was holding back a great deal of information on who and what he knew in the UK and in Afghanistan.”

Morocco: 18 months of torture, and more British collusion

Abandoned by the British government, Binyam was then subjected to “extraordinary rendition,” and, as flight logs confirm, was flown from Islamabad to Rabat, Morocco on July 21, 2002. What happened next — 18 months of torture at the hands of the American’s proxy torturers in Morocco, who regularly cut his penis with a razor blade — has already been documented in excruciating detail, when the notes that Clive Stafford Smith compiled during a three-day interview with Binyam at Guantánamo in early 2005 were passed by the Pentagon’s military censors and published in the Guardian in August 2005. As Rose described it, Binyam did not want to talk about his experiences. “Shuddering,” he wrote, “he says the details of what he endured in Morocco are such that he cannot bring himself to relate them again.”

However, drawing on the documents disclosed to Binyam during his US court case, Rose was able to add new details of MI5’s involvement with his interrogations, which is even more shocking than the British intelligence services’ complicity in his treatment in Pakistan. The outline of this story is not new, as Binyam has explained it before, and it was something that, after his judicial review in the UK High Court last summer, the judges — Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Lloyd Jones — regarded as providing conclusive evidence that the relationship of the British intelligence services to their American counterparts “went far beyond that of a bystander or witness to the alleged wrongdoing,” but it has never been revealed in such detail in public before.

Rose noted that a document from late September 2002 explained, “The Service received a report from the US of an interview of Mr. Mohamed,” and that soon after, on September 30, “MI5 held a case conference about him with their American colleagues at MI5’s London headquarters.” This was followed, on November 5, by what Rose called “the strongest evidence to emerge of British collusion in Mohamed’s illegal ‘rendition’ and torture, in the form of a telegram from MI5 to the CIA.”

Entitled, “Request for further Detainee questioning,” the telegram stated, “This information has been communicated in confidence to the recipient government and shall not be released without the agreement of the British government. We would be grateful if the following can be passed to Binyam Mohamed.” Although much of the subsequent message was redacted, Rose explained that it included a request for his interrogators to “show him and ask him questions about a ‘photobook recently sent over,’” and added, “We would be grateful if the following could be put to Binyam Mohamed, in addition to the questioning above. Does Mohamed know [two lines redacted]? What was the man’s name? How does Mohamed know him? Can Mohamed describe him? Where did they meet? Where was the man from? Who facilitated his travel from the UK? Where did this man go? What were his intentions? We would appreciate the opportunity to pose further questions, dependent on answers given to the above.”

Six days later, on November 11, a telegram entitled, “update request,” which was otherwise heavily redacted, stated, “We note that we have also requested that briefs be put to Binyam Mohamed and would appreciate a guide from you as to the likely timescale for these too. We fully appreciate that this can be a long-winded process, but the urgent nature of these enquiries will be obvious to you.”

In his interview with Rose, Binyam said that he remembered “very clearly” when information fed to his torturers by MI5 first appeared. “They started bringing British files to the interrogations — thick binders, some of them containing sheaves of photos of people who lived in London and places there like mosques,” he explained. “It was obvious the British were feeding them questions about people in London. When I realized that the British were co-operating with the people torturing me, I felt completely naked. It was when they started asking the questions supplied by the British that my situation worsened. They sold me out.”

Understandably unable to resist the effects of the torture, Binyam proceeded to confess to whatever wild theories were put to him by his torturers. “They had fed me enough through their questions for me to make up what they wanted to hear,” he said. “I confessed to it all. There was the plot to build a dirty nuclear bomb, and another to blow up apartments in New York with their gas pipes.” As Rose noted, “This — supposedly the brainchild of the 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — always sounded improbable: it was never quite clear how gas pipes might become weapons.”

Binyam added, “I said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had given me a false passport after I was stopped the first time in Karachi and that I had met Osama bin Laden 30 times. None of it was true. The British could have stopped the torture because they knew I had tried to use the same passport at Karachi both times. That should have told them that what I was saying under torture wasn’t true. But so far as I know, they did nothing.”

The “Dark Prison”

In January 2004, as has long been established, Binyam was rendered to Afghanistan, to the CIA’s “Dark Prison” near Kabul, where dozens of prisoners who ended up in Guantánamo — and countless more, whose whereabouts are still unknown — were subjected to the fruits of the Bush administration’s decision to bring torture “in-house,” which officially began just after Binyam had been rendered to Morocco, when the notorious “Torture Memos” were issued, which purported to redefine torture so that the government could do without the services of proxy torturers like the Moroccans who had brutalized Binyam for 18 months.

Binyam explained that, on arrival at Kabul, the US agents he met there “responded with horror” to his injuries. “When I got to Kabul,” he said, “a female agent started taking close-up pictures of my genitals. She was shocked. When they removed my diaper she could see blood was still oozing from the cuts on my penis. For the first two weeks they had me on antibiotics and they took pictures of my genitals every day. They told me, ‘This is not for us. It’s for Washington.’ They wanted to be sure it was healing.”

Speaking of the five months that he spent in the “Dark Prison,” which I have previously described as a medieval torture dungeon with the addition of ear-splittingly loud music and noise, which was pumped into the cells 24 hours a day, Binyam stated that these were the worst days of his captivity.

“That was when I came close to insanity,” he said. “It seems like a miracle my brain is still intact.” After confirming that all of the prisoners’ time was spent in pitch darkness, except for during interrogations, and when the guards brought food by torchlight, he said, “The toilet in the cell was a bucket. Without light, you either find the bucket or you go on your bed.”

He added, “There were loudspeakers in the cell, pumping out what felt like about 160 watts, a deafening volume, non-stop, 24 hours a day. They played the same CD for a month, The Eminem Show. It’s got about 20 songs on it and when it was finished it went back to the beginning and started again. While that was happening, a lot of the time, for hour after hour, they had me shackled. Sometimes it was in a standing position, with my wrists chained to the top of the door frame. Sometimes they were chained in the middle, at waist level, and sometimes they were chained at the bottom, on the floor. The longest was when they chained me for eight days on end, in a position that meant I couldn’t stand straight nor sit. I couldn’t sleep. I had no idea whether it was day or night. You got a shower once a week, with your arms chained above you, stripped naked, in the dark, with someone else washing you. The water was salty and afterwards you felt dirtier than when you went in. It wasn’t a shower for washing: it was for humiliation.”

He also said that the food was dirty, so that he was often sick and “The weight just dropped off me,” and added, “The floor was made of cement dust. Whatever movement you made, the air would be full of cement and I started getting breathing problems. My bed was a thin mattress on the floor, surrounded by that dust.”

Binyam also said that, in the “Dark Prison,” as Rose put it, “the thrust of his interrogations had changed,” and that, “Since he made his fantastical confession, the Americans wanted him to become a prosecution witness” in the Military Commission trial system at Guantánamo, to testify against the alleged al-Qaeda leaders — including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah — whose supposed involvement in the spectral “dirty bomb” plot had been pivotal to much of his torture in Morocco, where, as he has previously reported, he was, essentially, trained in what to say. In his statement to Clive Stafford Smith, he explained that, between the savage beatings and the razor cuts to his penis, his torturers “would tell me what to say,” and added that even towards the end of his time in Morocco, they were still “training me what to say,” and one of them told him, “We’re going to change your brain.”

Rose added that later, when Binyam was in Guantánamo, discussing with a fellow prisoner the time that both of them had spent at the “Dark Prison,” the unique horrors of the place were fully revealed to him. “They had just opened Oscar Block, a new Guantánamo punishment wing, and he’d been in it,” Binyam said. “I was worried — I wanted to know what it was like. He told me, ‘Binyam, it’s not even a twentieth as bad as Kabul. A hundred nights in Oscar Block is the equivalent of one night in the dark prison.’”


After being moved to the US prison at Bagram airbase, where he spent another four months, Binyam arrived at Guantánamo — on a flight with nine other prisoners who had been subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture — in September 2004. There, he said, the focus of the interrogations changed again. “They said they were worried I would tell the court that I had only confessed through torture. They said now they needed me to say it freely,” he explained. The answer was to interrogate him again, without the use of torture. “We called them the clean team,” he said. “They wanted to say they had got this stuff from a clean interrogation.” A year ago, the Washington Post reported that “clean teams” of FBI agents had been sent to re-interrogate Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 13 “high-value detainees” transferred to Guantánamo from secret CIA prisons in September 2006, but until now it had not been publicly revealed that the programme had been more extensive, and had also included other victims of “extraordinary rendition” and torture.

Binyam did not apparently talk much about his experiences at Guantánamo, but he did explain, as his lawyers — and, in particular, his military defense attorney, Lt. Col. Yvonne Bradley — have stated over the last two months, that the change of government in the US had made no difference to the conditions at Guantánamo. “Since the election it’s got harsher,” he said. “The guards would say, yes, this place is going to close down, but it was like they wanted to take their last revenge.”

Describing the activities of the Emergency Reaction Force, the team of armoured guards who punish even the most minor infractions of the rules with extreme violence, and who are responsible for the “forced cell extractions” of hunger strikers who do not wish to be force-fed, Binyam explained that they were “being used more often,” and described how he had suffered at their hands when he refused to have his fingerprints taken, which, as Rose noted, “despite all the torture, had unaccountably not been taken before.” He added that Binyam explained that “he feared they might use them to frame him.”

“They nearly broke my back,” Binyam said. “The guy on top was twisting me one way, the guys on my legs the other. They marched me out of the cell to the fingerprint room, still cuffed. I clenched my fists behind me so they couldn’t take prints, so they tried to take them by force. The guy at my head sticks his fingers up my nose and wrenches my head back, jerking it around by the nostrils. Then he put his fingers in my eyes. It felt as if he was trying to gouge them out. Another guy was punching my ribs and another was squeezing my testicles. Finally I couldn’t take it any more. I let them take the prints.”

As the interview came to an end, and Rose noted, significantly, “Last October, before the election, all charges against him were dropped, [as] even the Americans had come to realize there was no ‘dirty bomb’ plot,” Binyam explained how difficult his last two months in Guantánamo were, and why he decided, as a result, to embark on a hunger strike. “I kept being told, you’ll be free in ten days, and they would pass, and then I’d be told another ten days, and still it wasn’t for real,” he said.

In conclusion, he explained, as Rose put it, that he was “determined” to stay in Britain. ”It’s the only place I can call home,” he said. “I want to live a normal life, to find a wife, get married, have a family, a job. Meanwhile, I’ll do whatever I can to get the other innocent prisoners out of Guantánamo.”

NOTE: Binyam Mohamed received no payment for his interview. Instead, the Mail on Sunday will be making a donation to the Helen Bamber Foundation, which cares for the victims of torture.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed.

For a sequence of articles relating to Binyam Mohamed, see the following: Urgent appeal for British resident Binyam Mohamed, “close to suicide” in Guantánamo (December 2007), Guantánamo: Torture victim Binyam Mohamed sues British government for evidence (May 2008), Binyam Mohamed’s letter from Guantánamo to Gordon Brown (May 2008), Guantánamo trials: critical judge sacked, British torture victim charged (June 2008), Binyam Mohamed: UK court grants judicial review over torture allegations, as US files official charges (June 2008), Binyam Mohamed’s judicial review: judges grill British agent and question fairness of Guantánamo trials (August 2008), High Court rules against UK and US in case of Guantánamo torture victim Binyam Mohamed (August 2008), In a plea from Guantánamo, Binyam Mohamed talks of “betrayal” by the UK (September 2008), US Justice Department drops “dirty bomb plot” allegation against Binyam Mohamed (October 2008), Meltdown at the Guantánamo Trials (October 2008), Guilt By Torture: Binyam Mohamed’s Transatlantic Quest for Justice (November 2008), A History of Music Torture in the “War on Terror” (December 2008), Is Robert Gates Guilty of Perjury in Guantánamo Torture Case? (December 2008), British torture victim Binyam Mohamed to be released from Guantánamo (January 2009), Don’t Forget Guantánamo (February 2009), The Betrayal of British Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed (February 2009), Hiding Torture And Freeing Binyam Mohamed From Guantánamo (February 2009), Binyam Mohamed’s Coming Home From Guantánamo, As Torture Allegations Mount (February 2009), Binyam Mohamed’s statement on his release from Guantánamo (February 2009), Who Is Binyam Mohamed? (February 2009), Binyam Mohamed’s Plea Bargain: Trading Torture For Freedom (March 2009), Guantánamo, Bagram and the “Dark Prison”: Binyam Mohamed talks to Moazzam Begg (March 2009), Obama’s First 100 Days: Mixed Messages On Torture (includes the Jeppesen lawsuit, May 2009), UK Government Lies Exposed; Spy Visited Binyam Mohamed In Morocco (May 2009), Daily Mail Pulls Story About Binyam Mohamed And British Spy (May 2009), Government Bans Testimony On Binyam Mohamed And The British Spy (May 2009), More twists in the tale of Binyam Mohamed (in the Guardian, May 2009), Did Hillary Clinton Threaten UK Over Binyam Mohamed Torture Disclosure? (May 2009), Outsourcing torture to foreign climes (in the Guardian, May 2009), Binyam Mohamed: Was Muhammad Salih’s Death In Guantánamo Suicide? (June 2009), Miliband Shows Leadership, Reveals Nothing About Torture To Parliamentary Committee (June 2009).

For a sequence of articles dealing with the use of torture by the CIA, on “high-value detainees,” and in the secret prisons, see: Guantánamo’s tangled web: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Majid Khan, dubious US convictions, and a dying man (July 2007), Jane Mayer on the CIA’s “black sites,” condemnation by the Red Cross, and Guantánamo’s “high-value” detainees (including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) (August 2007), Waterboarding: two questions for Michael Hayden about three “high-value” detainees now in Guantánamo (February 2008), Six in Guantánamo Charged with 9/11 Murders: Why Now? And What About the Torture? (February 2008), The Insignificance and Insanity of Abu Zubaydah: Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Confirms FBI’s Doubts (April 2008), Guantánamo Trials: Another Torture Victim Charged (Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri, July 2008), Secret Prison on Diego Garcia Confirmed: Six “High-Value” Guantánamo Prisoners Held, Plus “Ghost Prisoner” Mustafa Setmariam Nasar (August 2008), Will the Bush administration be held accountable for war crimes? (December 2008), The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One) and The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part Two) (December 2008), Prosecuting the Bush Administration’s Torturers (March 2009), Abu Zubaydah: The Futility Of Torture and A Trail of Broken Lives (March 2009), Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos (Part One), Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos (Part Two), 9/11 Commission Director Philip Zelikow Condemns Bush Torture Program, Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?, CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan 8 Months before DoJ Approval, Even In Cheney’s Bleak World, The Al-Qaeda-Iraq Torture Story Is A New Low (all April 2009), Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi Has Died In A Libyan Prison, Dick Cheney And The Death Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, The “Suicide” Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi: Why The Media Silence?, Two Experts Cast Doubt On Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi’s “Suicide”, Lawrence Wilkerson Nails Cheney On Use Of Torture To Invade Iraq, In the Guardian: Death in Libya, betrayal by the West (in the Guardian here) (all May 2009), Lawrence Wilkerson Nails Cheney’s Iraq Lies Again (And Rumsfeld And The CIA), and WORLD EXCLUSIVE: New Revelations About The Torture Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi (June 2009). Also see the extensive archive of articles about the Military Commissions.

For other stories discussing the use of torture in secret prisons, see: An unreported story from Guantánamo: the tale of Sanad al-Kazimi (August 2007), Rendered to Egypt for torture, Mohammed Saad Iqbal Madni is released from Guantánamo (September 2008). And for other stories discussing torture at Guantánamo and/or in “conventional” US prisons in Afghanistan, see: The testimony of Guantánamo detainee Omar Deghayes: includes allegations of previously unreported murders in the US prison at Bagram airbase (August 2007), Guantánamo Transcripts: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak After Five And A Half Years, And “9/11 hijacker” Recants His Tortured Confession (September 2007), The Trials of Omar Khadr, Guantánamo’s “child soldier” (November 2007), Former US interrogator Damien Corsetti recalls the torture of prisoners in Bagram and Abu Ghraib (December 2007), Guantánamo’s shambolic trials (February 2008), Torture allegations dog Guantánamo trials (March 2008), Sami al-Haj: the banned torture pictures of a journalist in Guantánamo (April 2008), Former Guantánamo Prosecutor Condemns “Chaotic” Trials in Case of Teenage Torture Victim (Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld on Mohamed Jawad, January 2009), Judge Orders Release of Guantánamo’s Forgotten Child (Mohammed El-Gharani, January 2009), Bush Era Ends With Guantánamo Trial Chief’s Torture Confession (Susan Crawford on Mohammed al-Qahtani, January 2009), Forgotten in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer (March 2009), and the extensive archive of articles about the Military Commissions.

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  1. Frances Madeson says...

    Thanks, Andy. I’m not sure I would have had the stamina to read the David Rose article; it’s so relentlessly chock-a-block with heartbreaking and sickeningly barbarous details. But I thought, if Andy can, then I will, too. I hope many Americans will contribute to the Helen Bamber Foundation. I just attempted it on their website but had a technical problem with completing the US dollar value. No matter, I’ll send a donation via check. But I’m also wondering if there is a vehicle to put some dollars directly into Mr. Mohamed’s hands. I would like to make such a gesture of tangible support and I’m sure many others who know what he has suffered at the hands of the US government would wish to as well.

  2. Binyam Mohamed claims British agents fed Moroccan torturers their questions « Emma G’s Stream of Consciousness says...

    […] March 9, 2009 · No Comments The Daily Mail had the first interview with Binyam Mohamed (here) since he was freed from Guantanamo.   The UK Daily Mail released the full transcript of the interview today after running a teaser of sorts on Sunday (here).  Andy Worthington, the author of the book The Guantanamo Files, has his take on the interview and events since his release on his site (here). […]

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Frances.
    Reprieve is accepting donations for Binyam’s welfare.
    Call +44 (0)20 7353 4640.

  4. Connie L. Nash says...

  5. Connie L. Nash says...

    Press Release: ADC Commends DOJ for Releasing Bush Administration Memos

    Washington, DC | March 09, 2009 | | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) commends the Department of Justice (DOJ) for releasing two previously undisclosed Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memoranda and seven previously undisclosed opinions. These documents revealed the propositions taken and advanced by the former Administration, most particularly the troubling propositions that Constitutional rights can be set aside.

    ADC welcomes Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments a few hours before the release of these documents, where he stated, “Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as zero-sum battle with civil liberties. […] Not only is that school of thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good.” ADC Executive Director Kareem Shora stated, “This is yet another positive step by the Obama administration to echo Benjamin Franklin’s sentiments that liberty and security are not mutually exclusive.”

    With the erosion of civil liberties and civil rights within the Arab-American community over the past eight years, ADC has advocated against this very same misguided school of thought, and has repeatedly stressed that national security should not, and must not undermine our fundamental guaranteed Constitutional rights.

    The opinions and memoranda can be viewed at

  6. Marnie Tunay says...

    Binyam’s claims correspond with the evidence pertaining to Canadian “complicity” in the torture of Omar Khadr and “interrogations” of a Canadian minor at the behest of the U.S. government:
    There is a story here still waiting to be uncovered, as to how and why the U.S. was evidently able to persuade high officials from at least several countries to do its bidding in direct flouting of national laws, international law and morals.
    So, we’re waiting, Andy….for the best man in the world to tackle that story….
    P.S. Please be very, very careful crossing streets.
    Best regards,

  7. Kathleen says...

    many Americans are ashamed and sorry.

    Many Americans are not paying attention

  8. Dina Karim says...

    Hi, Andy I was wondering with all that’s been happening from P. Obama announcing the beginning of the end of Guantanamo to the massive publicity of Binyam Mohamed’s torture and subsequent release earlier this month, what you think of today’s UN report condemining Britain’s involvement in extraordinary rendition and its timing? Is it just me or is it more than just a happy coincidence that the report was not suppressed, as it would have done in the Bush years, and openly accuses Britain of human rights violations. Or was this report actually just gathering dust somewhere until the UN knew the “special relationship” could withstand a condemning report (the cynic in me says).
    By the way I love this blog, and tip my hat to you for the work you are doing in dicephering the maze of Guantanamo and helping us understand a little better.

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Marnie,
    Thanks for the encouraging words. They’re much appreciated.
    Sadly, the reason why the Bush administration was able to persuade other countries — including Britain and Canada — to do its foul bidding was, I believe, because they all too readily believed that the new “existential threat” was so severe that it justified complicity in Guantanamo, “extraordinary rendition” and torture, and, in the UK and Canada, horrible forms of arbitrary detention and house arrest.

    For those who want to know more, see here for part of the Canadian story (beyond the wilful neglect of Omar Khadr):
    And here are a few articles about what’s been happening in the UK:

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Kathleen,
    I’m also ashamed and sorry about what my own government has been doing — but hopeful that, little by little, we can all get more people to pay attention.
    Thanks for getting in touch.

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Dina,
    Great to hear from you, and thanks for the support.
    I’m sorry if I disappoint you by not sounding cynical enough (!), but the UN frequently antagonized the Bush administration by reporting the truth about Guantanamo (and complaining loudly about not being allowed access).
    I think this latest report has focused particularly on Britain because so much information has emerged in the last year to demonstrate quite how enthusiastically the British government has embraced the torturer’s way. I’m shocked that, in a league table of Western countries backsliding into torture, the UK has very clearly been running to keep up with the Bush administration, and I very much hope that pressure is maintained by MPs and by activists to expose it and — one way or another — to bring it to an end. I spent much of three years focusing on Guantanamo because it was THE icon of a new lawlessness, but I’m disgusted that so much brutality is being authorized and condoned in the country I live in — and appalled that the lessons of Northern Ireland have been so readily forgotten, even by those who lived through the terrorism of the ’70s and ’80s.

  12. Marnie Tunay says...

    Thanks for those links, Andy. I am checking them out tonight.
    Best wishes.

  13. Binyam Mohamed account contradicts “intelligence” narrative of torture in the war on terror. « In Dark Rooms says...

    […] by the United States. The focus is on MI5’s complicity in his abuse, but Invictus also links Andy Worthington’s analysis, which frames the issue squarely as one of the US attempting to manufacture […]

  14. Andy Worthington: Guantanamo’s Long-Term Hunger Striker Should Be Sent Home | says...

    […] President has only released one prisoner from Guantánamo: the British resident and torture victim Binyam Mohamed, whose case established that, if the stakes are high enough — in other words, if you were […]

  15. CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan 8 Months Before DOJ Approval « Muslim in Suffer says...

    […] a day,” based on accounts by prisoners who were held there, including Binyam Mohamed, who described his time there as “the worst days of his captivity” – worse than the 18 months in Morocco, where the […]

  16. CIA Torture Began In Afghanistan 8 Months Before DOJ Approval « US and Their Allys War against muslims in the world, indicate of falling US and Zionist Empire,(Inshallah)!!! says...

    […] a day,” based on accounts by prisoners who were held there, including Binyam Mohamed, who described his time there as “the worst days of his captivity” – worse than the 18 months in Morocco, where the […]

  17. Obama’s First 100 Days: A Start On Guantánamo, But Not Enough « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] of Staff, got off to a flying start, it has, to date, accomplished very little. Just one prisoner, Binyam Mohamed, has been released, and this, it must be noted, only came about because the story of his […]

  18. UK Government Lies Exposed; Spy Visited Binyam Mohamed In Morocco + Daily Mail Pulls Story by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who was tortured in Morocco on behalf of the CIA, has been free from Guantánamo for nearly two months, but the struggle for access to documents proving his rendition and torture — both in Morocco and in the CIA’s own “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan — continues. The US government has never explained where he was held between May 2002, when British agents last saw him in Pakistan, where he was initially seized, and May 2004, when he surfaced in the US prison at Bagram airbase, and although the British government has conceded that it received intelligence reports about him from July 2002 to February 2003, officials have always maintained that the US authorities did not inform them about where he was being held. […]

  19. Obama’s Confusion Over Guantánamo Terror Trials by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] review board that he established to review the Guantánamo cases has moved so slowly that only two prisoners were released in the first four months of the new administration, and a spate of […]

  20. Empty Evidence: The Stories Of The Saudis Released From Guantanamo says...

    […] which saw the Obama administration overcome its previous inability to release prisoners (just two were released from January to May), it was announced that, following the release of four […]

  21. Joe says...

    Answer me one question: can you say, 100%, this man was never involved in terrorism, is not sympathetic to it, and in every sense is a jolly decent chap.

    I don’t care if people like him, suspected of involvement in terrorism, are treated less than comfortably. My sympathies are with the civlised world, not the primitive Islamic world that breeds hatred, division, and terrorism.

    The fact is, there are serious Islamic scumbags who wish me a great deal of harm and that is not true of US and UK security services. I’m a bit sick of this Lefty handwringing, onto which is spliced a smug and questionable moral superiority. Muslims often exploit every possible weakness and loophole in public and legal discourse to bolster their position and cause damage.

    I’m not terribly interested in this case and its sensationalist emphasis, ultimately; what concerns me is the thousands of UK Muslims under terrorist surveillance and the heinous facts of 9/11, 7/7, and a great deal more like it. I regard that as morally superior, not inferior.

  22. Revealed: Identity Of Guantánamo Torture Victim Rendered Through Diego Garcia by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] here and here), because Stafford Smith also intended to talk about former Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed and the recently disclosed evidence that a British spy had visited him while he was being held by […]

  23. US Torture Under Scrutiny In British Courts by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] weekend, lawyers for Binyam Mohamed, the British resident and former Guantánamo prisoner who was subjected to “extraordinary […]

  24. Joe says...

    So he was smacked around a bit.

    So WHAT?

    The immediate and heinous issue here, in case you hadn’t noticed which you obviously haven’t, is the threat from hostile Muslim scumbags inspired by a 1400 AD warlord and a poor me resentment towards the entire non Muslim world. It used to be Hindus they hated, now its Jews and the US, though the latter has lost some of its (stupid) effect now GWB has gone – how can Muslims hate a black man with Muslim experience? who can they hate now, given that GWB has gone? – that is the psychology we see in hostile Muslims.

    I suggest, no one knows for sure if BM did indeed do the things he later retracted, saying it he said it because he was being tortured. That is the crucal issue, the central point, and I’m rather sick of Lefty handwringing taking his side and failing to denounce prolific Muslim hostilities.

    I am not afraid to say – in fact say it with what I regard as considerable moral weight – that I firstly do not trust BM and secondly take the the side of the West under threat from hostile Muslims.

    I suggest smug Lefties do that same: just say you DO trust BM and don’t think Muslims should be criticised. Such honesty, for once, in a sea of cess pit subjectivity dressed up as something else, would be nice.

  25. Joe says...

    In short, in the absence of any certitude on this matter, I am neither afraid nor ashamed to say my sympathies lie with the security services and whatever methods they might have used, against an extra-ordinary threat: Islamic terrorists and the psychology and violence and hatred of such people.

    I have yet to see any comparable honesty from Lefties; instead what I constantly see is their prejudice wrapped up in a holier than thou attitude that getting rough with people that hate us (for example) is a moral sin: conducted in evangelical terms like Christian preaching, with as much utility and value.

  26. Andy Worthington says...

    Two years of torture in secret prisons isn’t being “smacked around a bit” in my book. It’s illegal and for good reasons — because it produces unreliable information, and because, in the wider sense, it’s counterproductive, as it creates more animosity.
    There are great interrogators out there who can do all this without torture, and if that path had been pursued — and was being pursued now — we’d all have had a chance to find out whether people like Binyam Mohamed had a case to answer in a recognized court of law.
    Anything else, and we just get into fictional “ticking time-bomb” scenarios, and excuses for brutality that simply don’t work.

  27. Joe says...

    I don’t really care for “your book” and have expounded on that.

    I say again, the issue here is whether BM is innocent or not and there is no clear evidence, one way or the other, on the certainty of that – and what remains is what I outlined above.

    If you now want to change tack and say other interrogation methods should have been used to get to the facts – citing successful person X, proven case B etc and other relevant information instead of anecdotal offhand comments, I suggest you should have done this in the first place instead of this protracted handwringing sympathy for a drug addict Muslim from a backward country, travelling illegally, who found at the hidden centre of security operations you do not get treated comfortably if you fit the pattern of a Muslim scumbag.

    There is already an ocean of “animosity” from Muslims and THEY should be held to account for a few things, instead of this kowtow appeaseament if we upset them a little, like children having tantrums we have to respond to.

    Brutality is not the issue – the issue is scumbag Muslims and an unprecedented, semi war situation with the latter who have a psychopathic murderous intent, quite capable of killing themselves if they murder a few hated Kuffar at the same time. Not “normal” circumstances in any sense and hardly supririsng then if such people, in captivity, get subjected to less than normal procedure.

  28. Joe says...

    “British resident”!


    An asylum seeker from a backward Muslim country, quite possibly capable of the brutality he experienced there if he had power instead of those in power over him, should not be regarded as a “British resident” in any normal sense.

    Shame, justice, outrage…..that is the tone of this entire emotive polemic, which demonises security services while saying nothing – nothing at all – about the threat they deal with and the threat impinging on the free modern world from hostile Muslims.

  29. Andy Worthington: Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave | My 2 Cents Worth says...

    […] administration have not revealed the identities of any of these men (other than Ayman Batarfi, Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who was hastily released in February to avoid a Transatlantic torture […]

  30. Guantánamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] administration have not revealed the identities of any of these men (other than Ayman Batarfi, Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who was hastily released in February to avoid a Transatlantic torture […]

  31. Patrick Milne says...

    Binyam Mohammed arrived in the UK in in 1994.

    He applied for asylum.

    His application was REJECTED.

    He was given exceptional leave to remain for 4 years.

    He forged a passport and went to Pakistan and Afghanistan where he certainly engaged in training to be a terrorist.

    His exceptional leave to remain expired in 2004 whilst he was out of the country, engaged in terrorist training and attempting to travel on a forged passport.

    He is the sole author of his own misfortune.

    He has no right to be in this country and should never have been brought back here.

  32. UK Judges Compare Binyam Mohamed’s Torture To That Of Abu Zubaydah by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] Binyam Mohamed was still in Guantánamo, facing a trial by Military Commission, when the judges first attempted to make their summary available to the public last August. In the months that followed, the US Justice Department dropped its claim that he was involved in a “dirty bomb plot,” the Military Commission charges were also dropped, and in February this year, in a clear attempt by both the British government and the Obama administration to keep a lid on the leaking torture story, he was fast-tracked to the top of the pile of cases being reviewed by the Obama administration’s interagency Task Force, and released in the UK. […]

  33. Torture in Afghanistan: UK Court Orders Release of Evidence | says...

    […] organization’s success in securing a judicial review in the case of another of their clients, Binyam Mohamed. Initiated in May 2008, this led, eventually, to a fast-track review of Mohamed’s case by the […]

  34. Torture in Afghanistan: UK Court Orders Release of Evidence « says...

    […] organization’s success in securing a judicial review in the case of another of their clients, Binyam Mohamed. Initiated in May 2008, this led, eventually, to a fast-track review of Mohamed’s case by the […]

  35. Shaker Aamer: UK Government Drops Opposition To Release Of Torture Evidence by Andy Worthington « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] to agree to releasing the documents.” As Stafford Smith explained, with reference to the case of Binyam Mohamed, the British resident released in February, whose story also involves the complicity of the British […]

  36. Shaker Aamer: UK Government Drops Opposition To Release Of Torture Evidence « says...

    […] to agree to releasing the documents.” As Stafford Smith explained, with reference to the case of Binyam Mohamed, the British resident released in February, whose story also involves the complicity of the British […]

  37. Fi Donald says...

    I do not condone torture but…. would you prefer your loved ones to be blown up by terrorists or try and keep them safe. This guy said he was in Afganistan to see if it was “a good Muslim country” – yep, that’s the place you would choose to check out its religious credentials. Why on earth he was allowed to return to Britain defies belief – do us all a favour, get back from whence you came.

  38. Binyam Mohamed: Evidence of Torture by US Agents Revealed in UK « moof says...

    […] By November 2008, however, these last-ditch attempts had failed, and, as a result, the central allegation against Mohamed – that he was involved in a “dirty bomb” plot (noticeably, one that never existed) – was dropped by the Justice Department, his planned trial by Military Commission was also dropped, and on February 23, 2009, he was flown back to the UK as a free man. […]

  39. Abu Zubaydah’s Torture Diary « says...

    […] (September 2008), A History of Music Torture in the “War on Terror” (December 2008), Seven Years of Torture: Binyam Mohamed Tells His Story (March 2009), When Torture Kills: Ten Murders In US Prisons In Afghanistan (July 2009), US Torture […]

  40. Ultima Ratio » Blog Archiv » Binyam Mohamed and British intelligence oversight says...

    […] case of Binyam Mohamed is rather complex (see this piece for starters, see also this piece for the various court rulings in pdfs, see Scott Horton’s […]

  41. Suicide or Murder at Guantanamo? | STATESMAN SENTINEL says...

    […] and the psychologist and blogger Jeff Kaye. Shortly after his death, the released British resident Binyam Mohamed, who knew al-Hanashi in Guantánamo, provided an explanation of the circumstances of his death that […]

  42. HPAT Coalition Blog » Suicide or Murder at Guantanamo? says...

    […] and the psychologist and blogger Jeff Kaye. Shortly after his death, the released British resident Binyam Mohamed, who knew al-Hanashi in Guantánamo, provided an explanation of the circumstances of his death that […]

  43. By One Vote, US Court OKs Torture and “Extraordinary Rendition” « Dandelion Salad says...

    […] of five men subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture, is one such story. The men — Binyam Mohamed, Ahmed Agiza, Abou Elkassim Britel, Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah and Bisher al-Rawi — claim, […]

  44. Andy Worthington: Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave | says...

    […] administration have not revealed the identities of any of these men (other than Ayman Batarfi, Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who was hastily released in February to avoid a Transatlantic torture […]

  45. Lawyers And Human Rights Groups Criticize Proposed UK Torture Inquiry « Eurasia Review says...

    […] when in opposition — and was driven by a recognition that, particularly with reference to Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who was rendered by the CIA to Morocco (where he was held and tortured for 18 […]

  46. The Legal Campaign Against American Torture says...

    […] resident Binyam Mohamed was arrested by the Pakistanis at the Karachi airport in April 2002 and then transferred to US […]

  47. Le Maroc et les droits de l’Homme: vive le shmilblick « الغمارية Ghomaria says...

    […] Extraordinary Rendition. Ou plus directement, Torture by Proxy. Ramzi bin al-Shibh et Mohamed Binyam,  parmi d’autres, ont explicité les traitements qu’ils ont subis au Maroc. A partir […]

  48. Antiwar Radio: Elaine Cassel | The Scott Horton Show says...

    […] decision – based on state secrets privilege – that denies Binyam Mohamed due process for his rendition and torture by the CIA and proxy groups, the legal immunity enjoyed by judges and prosecutors from gross […]

  49. Did Hillary Clinton Threaten UK Over Binyam Mohamed Torture Disclosure? by Andy Worthington | Dandelion Salad says...

    […] only ask because two weeks ago, as part of a long-running court case in which Binyam Mohamed, former Guantánamo prisoner and victim of “extraordinary rendition” and torture, is trying to […]

  50. A Legacy of Violations of the U.S. Bill of Rights, Hyperlinked « Independent American Party – Official says...

    […] 2003-07: Binyam Muhammad […]

  51. Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World | Rebecca Gordon says...

    […] whose Moroccan jailers sliced his chest and penis with a scalpel — once a month for 18 months, according to British human rights lawyer Andy […]

  52. Rebecca Gordon: A nation of cowards? says...

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  53. A Nation of Cowards?  | Counter Information says...

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  55. America’s double standards for justice and terrorism | S.O.S. Kashmir says...

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  56. The 25th Hour – Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World | says...

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  58. America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture | RINF: Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking Independent News says...

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  59. America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture | News Alternative says...

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  60. Why We’re Still Living With the Threat of State-Sponsored Torture | Canal 211 says...

    […] whose Moroccan jailers sliced his chest and penis with a scalpel— once a month for 18 months,  according to British human rights lawyer Andy […]

  61. Why the Return of American Torture Is Inevitable | Counter Information says...

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  62. TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE » America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture – A Nation of Cowards? says...

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  63. America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture | The Falling Darkness says...

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  64. 9 Other Countries that Jumped on the Post 9-11 Terrorism Fear to Crack Down on Dissenters! | | truthaholics says...

    […] The Senate torture report redacted the names of the countries that assisted the Central Intelligence Agency’s brutal torture program. But a variety of news reports have made clear that the UK, for instance, allowed the U.S. to use a British-controlled island–Diego Garcia–for the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, in which agents kidnapped alleged terrorism suspects and spirited them off to foreign countries, where they were tortured. The island was also the site of a CIA black site, Al Jazeera America’s Jason Leopold reported in April. In addition, British intelligence agents reportedly colluded in the torture of some detainees, like Binyam Mohamed, by feeding his American torturers with information and questions. […]

  65. Binyam Mohamed account contradicts “intelligence” narrative of torture in the war on terror. | In Dark Rooms says...

    […] by the United States. The focus is on MI5’s complicity in his abuse, but Invictus also links Andy Worthington’s analysis, which frames the issue squarely as one of the US attempting to manufacture […]

  66. Why CAGE is calling for accountability – Cage says...

    […] services have been involved in the outsourcing of torture to brutal regimes, such as Egypt, Morocco and Pakistan to name just a few and continuous engagement in such abuses without any accountability. […]

  67. Stranger in a Strange Land 2014-07-11 | Absurdist Noir says...

    […] whose Moroccan jailers sliced his chest and penis with a scalpel—once a month for 18 months, according to British human rights lawyer Andy […]

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