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Just A Dark Hole

This week, marking the twentieth anniversary (!) of the “detention” facility at  Guantánamo Bay, we hear from former detainee Mansoor Adayfi and former chaplain James Yee, himself a victim of psychological “no touch” torture.

Excerpts from recent interviews below, with paintings by another detainee, Muhammad Ansi.

 

SHIPWRECK

 

 

TITANIC

 

Next, we hear from James Yee himself:

 

STATUE OF LIBERTY

 

Relayed from artfromguantanamo.com, we find the following bio for artist Muhammad Ansi:

Muhammad Ansi, originally from Yemen, was detained at Guantánamo for almost 15 years before being released to Oman in January 2017. He learned to paint and draw at Guantánamo, working mainly in landscapes and still life. His art often features cities seen from far away, paths without beginning or end, and empty boats adrift at sea. These images are most often imagined – based on photographs and scenes glimpsed in movies or on television, rather than directly observed by him, such as a depiction of the Titanic, remembered from being shown the movie during an interrogation.

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The Life Breakers

ANY QUESTIONS?

ANY QUESTIONS?

We make no comment on (and will not see) the latest attempt to tap into the goldmine of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, as expressed in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. We have spent the past year examining very closely the genesis of “enhanced” interrogation; it is unlikely that Ms. Bigelow and Mr. Boal have conjured anything fresh to add to this enquiry. Nonetheless, we did take note of a script fragment as represented in the trailer, in which one of the characters – a specialist in the application of enhanced techniques – says:

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In her masterful (peerless) examination of the conscience of Franz Stangl, Gitta Sereny dialogues at length with Treblinka survivor Richard Glazer, who tells her:

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Terrence Des Pres further explores this idea in his pioneering study The Survivor, written not long after Sereny’s journey into the darkest corners of the consciousness that sustained Treblinka:

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EMBEDDED WISDOM

EMBEDDED WISDOM

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A TALENT FOR LIFE

A TALENT FOR LIFE

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Torture, particularly the sort of “no touch” torture that has been refined and polished in the course of the past ten years during the so-called war on terror, is designed to mangle and destroy that “bank of knowledge embedded in the body’s cells”. As such, the real function of places like the facility at Guantanamo Bay is to serve as a sort of laboratory for the breaking of life itself – not just individual lives, but the deeper rhythms of biological survival.

Consider the case of Adnan Latif. There is considerable evidence that suggests that Mr.Latif was not a militant fanatic engaged in violent acts but rather an innocent young man suffering from a brain injury suffered in a near fatal car accident, who by sheer bad fortune was opportunistically sold to the Gitmo Life Breaking Lab as a research animal. In the final desperate communication to his lawyers, he writes:

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A POET INSIDE THE LIFE BREAKING LAB

POEMS FROM INSIDE THE LAB

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Mr. Latif intuitively grasps the true meaning of his suffering, that the assault on his own person – through a regime of drugs and humiliating Gitmo Torture Lab protocols and medical “treatments”- was nothing less than an assault on life itself. In the end, his talent for life, so evident in his struggle to recover from his brain injury, was crushed by the life breakers.

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IN THE END