Its about time to post a little again. If you live in the UK you should make sure to catch the screening of “The Road to Guantanamo”, airing on Channel 4 on the 9th of march and on the cinema screen accross 18 countries the day after (except the US).
The film is about three english guys that were detained in Guantanamo charged with being terrorists. The movie details their meeting with the unlawful “prison” and the torture they were put through in the 2 years they were detained there.
The Guardian writes about the men and the movie today: Using terror to fight terror
Almost two years ago, I sat in a room for most of a day in a house in north London with three men who seemed to have achieved the impossible. Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Ruhel Ahmed, childhood friends from Tipton in the West Midlands, had just rematerialised after more than two years in the legal black hole of Guantanamo Bay, where they had been denied all contact with the world beyond the wire. Having been cleared of any involvement in terrorism by the British and US authorities, they told their story in a five-page interview for this newspaper, exposing both Guantanamo and the process that consigned them there as a horrifying mixture of incompetence and brutality.
Gaunt and hollow-eyed, their faces betrayed the stress of both their 29-month ordeal and their sudden change in circumstances. ‘I just can’t believe we’re sitting here,’ Ahmed told me. ‘This time last week, we were in the cages at Guantanamo.’ They had been given almost no warning they were about to be released, while the long flight home – their first experience of being unchained outside a cell since their capture – had left them jet lagged and disorientated. […]