…I have no problem at all talking to you about anything. But the Unit I’m in may have different feelings. The last time I tried to talk to a member of the press, I followed the rules, got them approved as a contact, got a call approved and scheduled, and then gave them an interview. The call was live monitored but CTU. They didn’t cut me off or try to stop me. But as soon as I got off the phone, it hit the fan. I was severely punished and they added more time to my prison sentence. And I hadn’t said anything in the interview beyond more or less “this is prosecution, is corrupt, I’m innocent, and I’m just fighting for a chance to present the evidence that proves I’m innocent. We have it, we just aren’t being allowed to present it.”
I’m not allowed to tell you who else is in here or what goes on in here. It’s not run by the federal Bureau of Prisons though. It’s run by some shady CIA contractor that nobody can figure out much about. There are only about 38 prisoners in here. I never thought in a million years that a place like this could exist in America. But when secret police are turned lose with absolutely zero accountability, their own sense or moral and/or legal self-restraint is all there is to stop them. And that very quickly dwindles down to nothing.
I wrote an essay on why torture doesn’t work. It made it out to Rudy Davis, but I was not able to publish part two. Regardless, you should ask him if he can locate that for you. I think he read it on You Tube. It was several months ago. I’m very very limited in what I can say. I can’t tell you what goes on in here, or I’ll lose ALL my communication for good. That ought to tell you all you need to know right there.
But this I can tell you, you can not dehumanize another without first betraying your own humanity. The people who run this place do deeper, more permanent damage to themselves than they do to us. And they have damaged some of us pretty bad.
Don’t lie to yourself or think it doesn’t go on in this country. If they do it in Gitmo to Arabs, they do it in Little Gitmo to Americans and Arabs.