The road to Guantanamo
from various sources – 4WardEver UK 23rd Dec 2008
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Three Midland men who were held captive by the US for more than two years have accused America and Britain of a catalogue of abuse.
The men, all in their 20s, claim they were beaten, shackled and deprived of sleep during their detention in Afghanistan and at a US camp in Cuba, the American detention camp that has been vigorously condemned by notable public figures, law lords and the Court of Appeal as a ‘legal black hole’.
The men, who were released without charge in March 2004, said their complaints to Foreign Office officials were ignored.
Shafiq Rasul, Ruhal Ahmed and Asif Iqbal, known as ‘The Tipton Three’, first spoke about their release at a secret location in southern England, disclosing a full account of life inside the camp in Cuba.
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Mr Ahmed had claimed that after his capture in Afghanistan in November 2001, he was interrogated by a man who identified himself as an SAS officer, while an American guard pointed a gun at his head and threatened to shoot.
After hundreds of interrogation sessions between them, carried out by the CIA, FBI, Defence Intelligence Agency, MI5 and MI6, America eventually admitted that the accusations that the three were terrorists who supported al-Qaeda had no foundation whatsoever.
In public, the British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has spoken of his constant pressure on America to improve both physical and legal conditions, urging them not to deny terror suspects a fair trial. But the released prisoners told how interrogators, in sessions lasting many hours, tried repeatedly to extract information they did not have about Islamic groups in Britain and their supposed links with al-Qaeda.
The three men said they eventually wrongfully confessed to appearing in a video with al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atta, one of the September 11 hijackers. Mr Rasul claims he was working in a Curry’s electronics store in the West Midlands at the time the video was filmed.