Til death do us part
This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
Okay, guys, I know I said I was going to bed but can I just point out one little thing here?
Do you notice how it’s blurry at the beginning and suddenly sharpens at the end?
When it’s blurry, it’s because when you’re in love, you supposedly don’t see anything other than the person you love.
And when it sharpens, it’s because the world has come back into focus now that their loved one is gone.
Both of my parents have died during the time that I have been in prison in Guantánamo Bay. They were waiting for me to come home and now they are gone. I am afraid that my entire family will be dead before I am released from this prison. I, and other men here at the prison, feel utterly hopeless. We are being detained indefinitely, without any criminal charges against us… I have no reason to believe that I will ever leave this prison alive.
Musa’ab Omar Al Madhwani was 22 years old when he was arrested in Karachi on 11 September 2002 by Pakistani authorities. Al Madhwani has stated that he was tied up, blindfolded, beaten with a rifle and threatened with death. He was held in Pakistani custody for approximately five days before being handed over to US forces and flown to Afghanistan.
He says he was taken to the “Dark Prison”, a secret US-operated facility in or near Kabul, held for about 30 to 40 days during which he suffered a litany of abuses. He has alleged that he was beaten and kicked, kept in total darkness, deprived of food and sleep, subjected to extreme cold. He also states that he was partially suspended by his left hand he whole time he was in prison, so that he could never sit and all his weight was forced on to one foot, causing permanent nerve damage.
He was then transferred to the US air base at Bagram where he was held for another five days and suffered further abuse. He was finally moved to Guantánamo, where he remains, on 28 October 2002.
In a habeas corpus hearing in US District Court on 14 December 2009 – more than seven years after Al Madhwani was taken to Guantánamo – the judge noted that the allegations were corroborated by “uncontested government medical records”.
Musa’ab al Madhwani’s habeas corpus petition was denied by the District Court in January 2010, although the judge said that he was “not convinced” that the detainee was a threat to US national security, given the absence of evidence that he had either “fired a weapon in battle” or “planned, participated in, or knew of any terrorist plots”. Today, Musa’ab al Madhwani remains in Guantánamo under the US government’s assertion of detention powers under its global “war” framework.