2022-01-11 17:28:21

Guantanamo Turns 20: Ex-Prisoner Moazzam Begg Calls on Biden to Close Site & End Legacy of Torture

On the 20th anniversary of the first prisoner's arrival at Guantánamo Bay, Democracy Now! spent the hour with former detainees, starting with Moazzam Begg, who was imprisoned for three years at the military prison and eventually released without being charged with a crime.

Begg advocated for the victims of the so-called war on terror, calling on the Biden administration to follow through on promises to shut down the military prison and release the remaining 39 prisoners.

Then, twenty years after the detention center opened, Begg reflects on the absurdity and lawlessness of Guantánamo, describing how its torture methods were not only unethical but ultimately extracted very little credible intelligence. "The legacy of this place is imprisonment without trial, torture, the absence of the rule of law, the removal of the presumption of innocence," says Begg.

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