[eaglewatch] [Fwd: How Canada gets people tortured: Reviewing Mohamedou Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary]
From the Eagle Watch
March 25, 2015
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Subject: How Canada gets people tortured: Reviewing Mohamedou Slahi’s
From: “TASC” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, March 25, 2015 10:04 am
How Canada gets people tortured
MARCH 20, 2015
Screenshot from a short film about Guantánamo Diary (see
By Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Little, Brown and Company (2015), 432 pages, $32 (hardcover)
Reviewed by Matthew Behrens, co-ordinator of Stop Canadian Involvement in
Following December’s release of the U.S. Senate report on American complicity in torture, Prime Minister Stephen Harper quickly declared, “It has nothing to do whatsoever with the government of Canada.” Despite the CIA’s close relationship with Canadian state security agencies, as well as two judicial inquiries finding Ottawa complicit in the torture of Canadian citizens in Syria and Egypt, Harper preferred to ignore the facts.
At about the same time, a stunning memoir was published that paints another damning portrait of Canadian authorities from even before September 11, 2001. Guantanamo Diary was originally composed by hand in 2005 from a cell at the infamous U.S. torture camp, which remains open despite President Obama’s promise to close it eight years ago. It tells the remarkable story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national who remains detained there despite a 2010 U.S. release order.