Dark Intrusions lThis book should come with a cautionary note attached If you want to keep on believing in a free and just West than you are better off not reading this very moving tale How someone as innocent as this author undergo such heinous and demeaning treatment by the all mighty United State of America is a very bitter pill to swallow Indeed this makes Osama Bin Ladin a most merciful dispatcher in comparison I once read a book which was eventually made into a movie as well called The men who stare at goats by Jon Ronson which seemedike complete fantasy stuff with Pentagon funding huge projects in phys ops projects designed to overcome enemies by playing heavy metal music sleep deprivation water boarding etc The full extent of which can be read in this very ucid tale of Ahmed s incarceration Why the might US and British intelligence agencies not able to find out Ahmed s innocence early through his ordeal is proof for me that these Arabs and Muslims were there as an example What they signified to the US is beyond my comprehension though were they meant to send a message to the Muslim fundamentalists or their Western sympathizing heads of state What especially moved me were the tales of torture by ordinary American soldiers doctors awyers who willingly and passionately cooperative in the daily routines of prisoner torturing As a Muslim reader I was thrilled with the very noble reaction and fightback by the brother Muslims in the face of such a determined and all powerful adversary Ahmed and his fellow prisoners are not only wonderful ambassadors for Islam but for the spirit of humanness as well How they managed to deal with the constant torture is indeed a great testament of the human spirit s determination and adaptability Actually the vicious treatment displayed by American soldiers is an exact opposite signifying the dredge of human beings So Gitmo seemed to have opposite effects Bush s good guys turned out to be evil and his evil people turned out to be goodAs a Pakistani I felt very ashamed at the way Arabs were maltreated in my country during the USA bombing of Afghanistan It fully explains the strange comments I received upon finding out that I belonged to Pakistan when I went to Tangier as a tourist Decade of Despair last year I would highly recommend this book to all so that the real dangers which propaganda can induce even in a democratic countriesike USA and UK The book is summed up pretty well when Ahmed makes a straight inference to President Bush s speech and the same sort of comments made by Ahmed s interrogator s and soldiers in Gitmo which again shows how much an impact a What Was Lost leader can make in even free democratic societiesike USA For me the real esson to take away is always foster a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to media and government narrative Its not always easy to do so but till we know for sure we should not give government and media the benefit of doubt automaticallyDemocracy died a death for me after reading this very touching story It needs to be reincarnated again and Gitmo needs to be converted into a tourist site ike Auschwitz This book is a memoir and an important one It is appalling to read about a modern day gulag still in operation US President Barack Obama is heckled during a counter terrorism speech in Washington on Thursday by a protester demanding he close Guant namo Out of 166 men kept in Guant namo 86 have been cleared to Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook leave but US officials have cited security concerns in effectively suspending any releases The US president cannot close Guantanamo without support from CongressThe book gives you a first hand experience of what it isike inside Guantanamo Shocking surreal and brutal the story needs to be told and I suspect stories will be told in the futurePlease read the full review at I guess seeing is no Reine Mädchensache longer believing Great book This book was written by one of the Muslim men detained at Guantanamo by the American govt initially under George Bush Inight of the 911 attacks and the subseuent media eaks about the things that were happening at Guantanamo I can easily believe this account Errachidi gives an honest account
his treatment whilst in the prison is shocking and confirms all of the abuse and I am not convinced by the author s reasons for ending up in Guantanamo in the first place and I note that he admits to having been working illegally in Britain at various points prior to his detention He states that he originally travelled to Pakistan in order to help civilians that were being effected by the war effort this despite having a young son desperately ill He was captured and sold to the Americans and only released after five years of incarceration It appears he was scheduled for release for several years but was not actually released as Britain wouldn t take him and they feared he would be tortured if returned to Morocco ironically he was already being tortured in Guantanamo I m sure his strange story about his reasons for going to Pakistan and his illegal visits to Britain are probably what prevented his case being progressed I don t know the truth of these things only the author does But his account rings true in all other respects and the abuse he and the other prisoners seemingly suffered was appallingI found a ot of this book repetitive and in far too much detail for the events in uestion I can t believe the author could remember so many small details about his detention It s almost incredible as he documents various days and times etcbut again it seems authentic He seems to have become a Offenders and Detainees leader within the prison hence the General title and was responsible for aot of the friction between the prisoners and the establishment including numerous hunger strikes If these were convicted prisoners then I would have ess sympathy for this #Type Rebellion And #of rebellion probably hold the view that they brought this on themselves BUT these were not convicts most of them hadn t even been charged a ot of them were never charged and some were completely innocent and just in the wrong place at the wrong timeso I can understand their frustration and their behaviour in these circumstancesThere is some swearing in this book but not a ot There are also imited sexual references The torture is described and may upset some readers I don t really recommend this book for Christians as there is nothing especially edifying in it and it is not Dead-End Road Mysteries light reading This is reuired reading The author s tale of torture is a facet of the War on Terror that everyone must ateast know Whether you agree with the war or not you have to know what actions are conseuences of your pos. On 11 September 2001 in a caf in London Ahmed Errachidi watched as the twin towers collapsed He was appalled by the Hear the Wolves loss of innocentife But he couldnt possibly have predicted how much of his own Valors Measure life he too wouldose because of that dayIn a series of terrible events Ahmed was sold by the Pakistanis to the Americans in the.
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ment that was connected to his desire not to be overwhelmed by the abuse he was receiving From as early as his detention at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan he was cognisant of the ease with which he could fall into despondency I decided to pull myself out of the darkness that was enveloping me and also to try and save the others drowning with me So I began to recite some short chapters of the Koran and as I did with the help of God the fear in me subsided My heart rested and I came back to myself I think my recitation also had the same effect on the others So I recited some Nobody stopped me it was as if the ounge had been emptied of the guards Calm prevailed Bagram to Kandahar to Guantanamo Bay a familiar route for many of the detainees During that process some would not survive such as Habibullah and Dilwar having been beaten to death by the Americans at Bagram While it is such torture that immediately offends the senses it is the strength with which Errachidi and his companions fought for the most basic dignities that are so stark It is almost as if he is saying to us that the torture I can take just don t humiliate me by forcing me to go to the toilet in front of my fellow brothers guards and in particular female guards Just as in Bagram our open bucket toilets were used to humiliate us If someone was using the toilet when the time came to call the numbers that was no excuse and if someone due for interrogation was found on the toilet they wouldn t wait for him but would shout at him to get off and immediately Tni Tata Dunia Baru Sistem Pertahanan
lie on the ground Thus did our captors try and sow terror in our hearts They also played horrible games with us Sometimes in the evening they d order us to carry toilet buckets around the tent Once they called on me to tell four prisoners to carry the buckets in uick succession and in circles around our tent This was a great humiliation for my comrades but I felt it was even humiliating for me because I was having to translate the orders into Arabic and watch them being carried out When the soldiers told me that as translator I wouldn t have to carry any buckets I shouted at the top of my voice that I wanted to take part When they told me to stop shouting I picked up a bucket and began running Round and round in circles I went as they d made the others do shouting at the top of my voice as if I dost my mind In fact I almost did وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله
lose my mind being degraded in this manner However after that they didn t try to make us play that particular game again Autonomy and empowerment through solidarityWhat is incredible about the forms of resistance taken by the detainees was not only the way that it empowered them to retain some degree of autonomy but in fact how it disempowered their captors Often the key to their successesay in one word solidarity Errachidi recounts that during one phase of punishment at Guantanamo Bay the guards were forcefully removing the clothes of detainees for 24 hour period but due to the Fiend
lengthy process could only do four or five a time We fought back and so they only managed to strip four or five of us a day returning the next day to do another batch Because new prisoners kept joining the block and then seeing what was happening also joining in our protest it took over seven days to remove all our trousers and many prisoners sustained injuries in the process It was so exhausting after seven days we noonger had the energy to resist with the result that newcomers started voluntarily giving up their clothes Even #SO WE PRISONERS FOUND WAYS ROUND #we prisoners found ways round imposed nakedness At times of prayer we d take off our shirts and wear them round our Voice of Conscience
legs while others would pray in their shorts But there was nothing we could do about the toilet prisoners on punishment would have to use it naked and without a veil while soldiers including women soldiers stared and jeered It is here that Errachidi s nom de guerre as The General becomes clearer He came up with an idea which seemingly might have been perceived to be counter intuitive but in reality proved his role as aeader among #the brotherhood of detainees i d already been #
brotherhood of detainees I d already been on an idea for a few weeks pacing my cell three steps one way three steps the other figuring out my reasoning so I was prepared I proposed that we rip up our orange shirts Since the main thrust of our protest was to put an end to the punishment of having our clothes forcibly removed this must have sounded PROBE MY ASS (A Reluctant Doctor/Patient Anal Sex erotica story)
like a peculiar idea But Iaid out my arguments in a methodical manner I told my fellows that one of the reason we were prohibited from removing our clothes was because they were visible and helped the soldiers to identify us If I argued we managed to get the bulk of the prison population to join in the removal and destruction of up to five hundred shirts this would not only confuse them but also send a strong signal about our refusal to put up with punishments and it would undermine the camp authorities who d given us the orange kit Since I continued it was compulsory for them to clothe us I told my fellow prisoners that this was written into the Geneva Convention I didn t know if it was but thought it might be a prisoner being escorted to interrogation or clinic without a shirt would be an embarrassment to the army Although we never met them we knew journalists and their The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf,
like paid freuent visits to the prison and if they were to see us dressed only in our trousers this would make a huge impression The orange clothes were also a visible sign that we were their prisoners by removing our shirts we would be sending the administration a message that we were noonger prepared to be their captives And finally I argued that if every one of us tore up our shirts at the same time and if we then tore up any new shirts issued to us they d have a serious problem not Marvins Room
least because the Pentagon would start asking why they were spending so much money on shirts Often we refer to those who have been through torture and trauma as being survivors however Ahmed Errachidi is much than a survivor An innocent man who had not committed a crime against any country he refused to not only accept the allegations against him but also challenged every single abusive condition against the detainee populationAsim ureshi is the Research Director at advocacy group CAGEYou can follow him on Twitter AsimCP With an introduction by Gillian Slovo The General tells the story of an innocent Moroccan captured in Pakistan and flown to Guantanamo Bay for a 5 year imprisonment involving officially sanctioned degradation and torture Th a shocking terrifying testimonial and memoir of a hidden dark worl. Ns possible As a result he spent most of his time in solitary confinement But then after all those years Ahmed was freed his innocence admittedThis is Ahmeds story It will make you rethink what it means to be in the wrong place at the wrong time It will also make youook anew at courage survival justice and the War on Terro. I
tion For hawks that means reading this bookThe detail of the struggles that Errachidi goes through at Bagram Kandahar Guantanamo Bay is so vivid you end up forcing yourself to put it down to ensure you don t get as wound up as he is You will initially get very angry with the treatment of these prisoners Just remember that if they weren t innocent would you be this angry That s a point often made by hawks that doves do not respectThe struggles he went through also weave will with the times that he tries to find hope and the times he tries to scheme to make ife better for those who share his struggle As a result you are seeing the torture of humans not just the Polyphemus
list of grievances of prisoners That s where I choked up the most when he describes his empathy for the hunger strikers or how he tells stories of great feasts to his cellmatesThere is probably a dual book to this one that describes how torture helped get bin Laden But for now this book has planted me firmly on one side of the interrogation debate America wanted the world to know they were giving assistance to the Afghani people and yet they couldn t accept that I d been doing exactly the same thing This really sums up this book Was it really a war on terror Or a war on Muslims I can t say I enjoyed reading this book as much as enemy combatant moazzam begg I think the reason for that is Moazzam knew the names of the guards and explained the types of relationships he had with them However if anything The General had eveness of a reason to have been taken prisoner and seems a Pink Ribbons, Inc.
likeable character to me I thank Allah he finally got his freedom backAs an extra note i happen to know the man who translated this book from arabic and he said that Ahmed Errachidi is innocent I believe him It s hard to know where to begin with this It readsike something from a third world country or oppressive dictatorship but no almost unbelievably this is the behaviour of a so called democracy the Star Cookies Comfort
land of the free I think it s fair to say that the author s presence in Afghanistan at the time of invasion was dubious at best and clearly dumb and na ve and is certainly enough to justify reasonable suspicion as it wasn t the actions of someone rational Nevertheless that is in no way to condone any of what the Pakistanis or US military did to him His presence merited uestioning but none of the series of criminal horrors that followed The extent of the dehumanising treatment is truly vile and disgusting and all of it fully state sponsored tooThis is a deeply sad and disturbing account and throws up the same old uestions about Guantanamo Why is still allowed to thrive making up its ownaws and answering to no one I m sure the vast majority of Americans would be horrified and disgusted to read what is being done in their name It appears to be apparent to everyone apart from the US government that the continuation of their abysmal foreign policy as well as reinforcing their reputation as one of the most hated nations in the world is only creating a whole new generation of enemiesOne thing that seems to have been clearly established is how incredibly dumb ignorant and dangerous the US military can be and each and every one a product of the American education and recruitment system Obviously there are some very smart people in the US military doing great work for the right reasons so where are they who are they and what are they doing whilst the rest of these people so Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies
lacking in education or humanity are given so much power without responsibilityIt s terrifying They are taught to obey not think and that comes acrossoud and clear What do you think will happen if you train an army of poorly educated cowards and bullies put them into uniforms fool them into believing they are fighting for their country hand them guns and send them into a war zoneThey clearly have no idea what they are doing Like too many Americans they are totally oblivious or insensitive to any other culture outside their own et alone one so vastly differentOne of the very few guilty men mentioned by name is one General Geoffrey D Miller We should be asking what kind of regime allows a man guilty of such crimes not only to be kept out of jail but actually reward him instead giving him a Distinguished Service Medal on his retirement General Miller continues to be banned from entering the Russian Federation on account of his human rights violations First posted on 5Pillars Asim ureshi shares his thoughts on Ahmed Errachidi s book The General where the author recounts his time in Guantanamo BayThere is no such thing as just another Guantanamo Bay detainee account each book provides a completely uniue take on the experiences of those detained at the detention camps Central to Moazzam Begg s account is his struggle with identity and place for Abdul Salam Zaeef it was the wider politick while Oud Slahi speaks with the voice of one still incarcerated There is only one very obvious theme that runs throughout Ahmed Errachidi s book The General and that is resistancethe generalWhether he is accounting the desecration of the ur an other forms of religious abuse sexual humiliation or deprivation of food Errachidi is never a victim of the horrors being perpetrated by his captors In her book Trauma and Recovery Judith Herman speaks of how such individuals form tactics of resistance Political prisoners who are aware of the methods of coercive control devote particular attention to maintaining their sense of autonomy One form of resistance is refusing to comply with petty demands or to accept rewards The hunger strike is the ultimate expression of this resistance Because the prisoner voluntarily subjects to greater deprivation than that #willed by his captor he affirms his sense of and self control What Herman describes is perfectly summarised by #by his captor he affirms his sense of integrity and self control What Herman describes is perfectly summarised by Errachidi when he says Even after all this time I can t find words to adeuately describe what a terrible state I soon was in If I could have I d have brought an end to my suffering But what I feared than their torture was becoming their man That s what kept me strong It is in this regard that the book s title becomes even significant as it is the name that was given to him by the US military personnel detaining him Aside from the irony of the military nature of the nom de guerre The General that was placed on him it speaks to the way Errachidi not only resisted himself but organised others around him to stand up for themselves in the most difficult of circumstancesResistanceFor Errachidi the resistance was not just a political act there was a spiritual el. Diplomatic ounge at Islamabad airport and spent five and a half years in Guantanamo There he was beaten tortured humiliated very nearly destroyedBut Ahmed did not give in This very ordinary Moroccan born London chef became a The Other Alice
leader of men Known by the authorities as The General he devised protests and resistance by any mea.