Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier's Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantanamo

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Penguin Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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In this account, Sergeant Erik Saar takes us inside the cell blocks and interrogation rooms, face-to-face with the captives. Suicide attempts abound. Storm-trooper-like IRF (initial reaction forces) teams ramp up for beatings of the captives, and even injure one American soldier so badly in a mock drill - a training exercise - that he ends up with brain seizures. Fake interrogations are staged when General Geoffrey Miller - whose later role in the Abu Ghraib fiasco would raise so many questions - hosts visiting VIPs. Barely trained interrogators begin applying their 'creativity' when new, less restrictive rules are issued by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. When Saar takes over as a cosupervisor of the linguists translating for interrogations and gains access to the detainees' intelligence files, he must contend with the extent of the deceptions and the harsh reality of just how illconceived and counterproductive an operation in the war on terror, and in the history of American military engagement, the Guantanamo detention center is.

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This was an interesting book. I imagine that Saar's frustrations that he expressed would be normal and patriotic although negative in general of the value of Guantanamo - present day & likely by and large. It makes you appreciate that an American would learn a tough language and sub dialects... be willing to leave home to interpret prisoner's conversations on his countries behalf... I find it sad that Saar was on both sides of the intel program - talking to prisoners & reviewing their statements - and during his time there; he didn't report much value in the intel that he was involved in. You'd just about have to have a bullet proof conscience to get by in a situation like that while being objective & effective.  

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User Review  - Becca - Goodreads

Im am not to big into real life storys but this one was a shockers for me. Its about an eyewitness soldiers that lived through Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Read full review


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