That Crazy Darkness

Taking note of unhinged draft executive orders regarding increased use of Guantanamo Bay for renewed extrajudicial detention and torture of unspecified “bad dudes”, we turn to the voice of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee from 2002 until his release this past October due to the lack of any evidence beyond unsubstantiated statements made to interrogators while undergoing torture.

Below, an excerpt from Slahi’s extraordinary memoir, Guanatamo Diary, with two images from Jenny Holzer’s series, Dust Paintings:

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As reported in the Guardian, Steve Kleinman, chairman of the research advisory committee to the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), thus with access to actual facts and not to “alternative” (read: delusional) facts regarding torture, stated:

“If the US was to make it once again the policy of the country to coerce, and to detain at length in an extrajudicial fashion, the costs would be beyond substantial – they’d be potentially existential.”


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