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Author Boumediene, Lakhdar, 1966- author.

Title Witnesses of the unseen : seven years in Guantanamo / Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir, with Daniel Hartnett Norland, Jeffrey Rose and Kathleen List.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Redwood Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Boumediene,L BOU    Available
Description xvii, 266 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Before Guantanamo -- Welcome to America -- Until proven innocent -- Freedom -- Epilogue.
Summary "This searing memoir shares the trauma and triumphs of Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir's time inside America's most notorious prison. Lakhdar and Mustafa were living quiet, peaceful lives in Bosnia when, in October 2001, they were arrested and accused of participating in a terrorist plot. After a three-month investigation uncovered no evidence, all charges were dropped and Bosnian courts ordered their freedom. However, under intense U.S. pressure, Bosnian officials turned them over to American soldiers. They were flown blindfolded and shackled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were held in outdoor cages for weeks as the now-infamous military prison was built around them. Guantanamo became their home for the next seven years. They endured torture and harassment and force-feedings and beatings, all the while not knowing if they would ever see their families again. They had no opportunity to argue their innocence until 2008, when the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in their case, Boumediene v. Bush, confirming Guantanamo detainees' constitutional right to challenge their detention in federal court. Weeks later, the George W. Bush--appointed federal judge who heard their case, stunned by the absence of evidence against them, ordered their release. Now living in Europe and rebuilding their lives, Lakhdar and Mustafa are finally free to share a story that every American ought to know."--Publisher's description.
Subject Boumediene, Lakhdar, 1966- -- Imprisonment.
Ait Idir, Mustafa, 1970- -- Imprisonment.
Boumediene, Lakhdar, 1966- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Ait Idir, Mustafa, 1970- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp -- Biography.
Detention of persons -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
Prisoners of war -- Abuse of -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
Prisoners of war -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Prisoners and prisons, American.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Ait Idir, Mustafa, 1970- author.
Norland, Daniel Hartnett, author.
Rose, Jeff, author.
List, Kathleen, author.
Other Form: Online version: Boumediene, Lakhdar, 1966- Witnesses of the unseen. Stanford, California : Redwood Press, 2017 9781503602113 (DLC) 2016055459
ISBN 9781503601154 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1503601153 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781503606616 (paperback ; alk. paper)

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