On Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge. During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as “undeliverable,” and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is too far from the thoughts of most Americans. We hold people for 10 years without trials, a modern day concentration camp, complete with medieval torture techniques. How does America get away with this kind of behavior? I suppose Guatanamo is out of sight and out of mind. Let this man’s story sit with you for more than a quick minute as this shames our entire country. We are better than this.
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