Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram, and Kandahar

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New Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 397 pages
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The searing story of one man's years inside thenotorious American prisonand his Kafkaesque struggle to clear his name.

"Under the hood I felt I couldn't breathe properly .Flashing lightsobviously from soldiers' cameras taking trophy picturescame and went in front of me, despite the hood's darkness. From beside me a voice said in Arabic, 'Shall we pray, brother?' A guard came and screamed in my ear, 'Shut up, motherfucker, if you speak again I'll kill you.'"from Enemy Combatant

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has become a worldwide symbol of the dark side of America's War on Terror. Here, for the first time, is a powerful and moving story from the other side, the first detainee's account of life inside the notorious prison. A highly educated British Muslim, Moazzam Begg spent three years in U.S. custody, nearly two of them in Guantanamo, before being released without charge in January of 2005.

Enemy Combatant, written with respected UK journalist Victoria Brittain, is the wrenching narrative of Begg's detention, including his eighteen months in solitary confinement. Secretly abducted at midnight from his home in Afghanistan, held incommunicado in Kandahar and Bagram Air Force base, Begg was eventually flown to Guantanamo, where, like more than 800 Muslim men and boys550 of whom remain in custodyhe was held in shackles and the now-trademark orange prison uniform, subjected to relentless interrogations and abusive and degrading conditions.

A riveting, personal story by a thoughtful and eloquent man, Enemy Combatant is a uniquely personal indictment of America's establishment of a global gulag that flouts the Geneva conventionsone of the great miscarriages of justice in our time.

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CIA operatives forcibly took Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani descent, from his home in Islamabad in 2002 and imprisoned him in GuantĂƒÂ¯Ă‚Â¿Ă‚Â½namo from 2003 until 2005, when he was released ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Moazzam Begg was born and raised in Birmingham, England, where he established an Islamic bookstore and aided in relief efforts in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He moved to Kabul with his family in 2001. Since his release he has returned to Birmingham, and speaks and lectures widely. Victoria Brittain is a journalist and a research associate at the London School of Economics, and the former foreign editor for "The Guardian". With Gillian Slovo, she compiled the play "Guantanamo".

Brittain is the Deputy Foreign Editor of the London Guardian and has been a prominent writer on Africa and the Third World for twenty years.

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