Monday, June 12, 2006

One good PR move / One last desperate message

UPDATE: Mark Denbeaux, who represents some of the foreign detainees, told the BBC's World Today programme [that one of the men who committed suicide] was among 141 prisoners scheduled for release (source). His name was Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi.

I hope you will always remember that you met and sat with a "human being" called "Jumah" who suffered too much and was abused in his belief, self, in his dignity and also in his humanity. He was imprisoned, tortured and deprived from his homeland, his family and his young daughter who is in the most need for him for four years... with no reason or crime committed...

Take some of my blood... take pieces of my death shrouds... take some of my remains... take pictures of my dead body when I am placed in my grave, lonely... send it to the world.. to the judges... to people with live conscious... to people with principles and values, the "fair-minded"...

To make them carry the burden of guilt in front of the world for this soul that was wasted with no guilt it has ever done...

To make them all carry this burden in front of the future generations for this wasted soul that has done no sin...

To make them carry this burden of guilt in front of history for this soul that was wasted with no reason...

After this soul has suffered the worst by the hands of the protectors of peace and the callers for democracy, freedom, equality and justice...

-- Excerpts from Jumah Abdel Latif Al Dossari's suicide letter, addressed to his interpreter, his co-counsel, and us. (Please note that he was not one of the three who were successful in their suicide attempt).


Katherine at Obsidian Wings has a go at figuring out who the three suicide victims were.

Bloggers Against Torture semi-randomly selected follow ups: Anything They Say, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying, Deep Blade Journal,, No Fish, No Nuts, Suspect Paki.

The Sideshow responds with a bit of pointed humour:

... the commander at Guantanamo Bay has informed us that three people, having been deliberately subjected to several years of demoralization techniques that began with telling them that Gitmo was the terminal stop in their lives, killed themselves as "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us." (It seems obvious to me that people who believe this should immediately retaliate in kind. That'll show 'em.)

Disenchanted Idealist has a round-up of satire on the Guantanamo suicides, including our own Jon Swift.


Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

elendil, I had not seen the letter when I posted about the suicides. I will cross post this letter on my site also.

Here's my latest post on torture and the Guantanamo suicides.

5:30 PM  
Blogger elendil said...

Thanks Mash. I'll add your post when I update next and anyone else who wants to.

8:23 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...


After a week away, I've got a post up about this nonsense and a wrap-up on the larger issue of the McCain amendment and what a worthless PR move that actually was:

Gitmo Stunting.


10:07 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

The suicide notes of the three prisoners from this week have not been released to anyone, as far as I know. The letter in the post is from an attempted suicide in October 2005.

4:47 PM  
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