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Monday, November 11, 2002

Detainee dissidents handed over to [censored] gov, shot and killed?

Today, a detainee at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, will be questioned by a Special Agent from the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command. His response recorded will eventually be made available due to NGO's Freedom of Information Act request.

He will claim that he is a dissident fighting against his own government's repressive regime. This government's name is censored out. He also claims that information about his family was passed on to this government by the U.S. His story bears strong resemblance to this story, which relates a similar situation. An excerpt of him describing a visit from a representative of this government is reproduced below (page 3933).

[censored] stated that [censored] came in to the interview room and started giving him a threatening speech. [censored] told him that [censored approx. 11 letters] Government is very strong and the United States cannot stand up and protect [censored] ... [censored] advised that [censored] told him that the United States is very weak and in financial ruin because of the Trade Center bombing. ... [censored] advised that [censored] told him to cooperate and tell them everything. [censored] stated that the delegation told him that he would be released back to [censored] Government soon. ...

[censored] told him that the United States released all of [censored] detainees' information (statements, true names, family information, addresses, and photographs) to [censored] Government. [censored] advised that the [censored] showed him a picture of himself, taken by the Americans. [censored] knew information that was only shared with the Americans. [censored] advised that this information was only given to the Americans in confidence, because the [censored] thought the Americans were their friends and the United States would not give it to [censored] ...
[censored] advised that [censored] told him that since he did not believe in cooperation between [censored] and the United States declaring [approx. one line censored] a terrorist organization, [censored] brought in an American that read a statement declaring the above.

[censored] advised that [censored] told him that [censored] Government had been in contact with all of the [censored] detainees' families. [censored] stated that [censored] policy toward the [censored] people is killing them. [censored] advised that the [censored] land is rich with oil and very fertile, that is why the [censored] want it. [censored] stated that the easiest way for [censored] to keep [censored two words] is to kill all of the [censored] people. [censored] advised that by the United States releasing all of his personal information to [censored] that has put his family in danger. [censored] stated that since [censored] visit, all of the [censored] detainees are becoming mentally depressed and unstable, due to the mental stress of worrying about what [censored] Government has done to their families. [censored] advised that he is worried about his family and is sure that [censored] Government has seized his family's home, put his parents into the streets, placed his brothers in prison, or killed his family. [censored] stated that [censored] did not verbally threaten his family, but they told him what city and neighbourhood his family lives in. [censored] advised that the [censored] told him that money can buy any story that [censored] Government want. [censored] told him that they can pay two people to say that they saw [censored] commit terrorist acts. [censored] stated that [censored] accused him of being a terrorist, knowing USAMA BIN LADEN, and being part of Al-Qaeda.

[censored] stated that he had never heard of Al-Qaeda, until he heard of it from the Americans. [censored] has not [censored] the Arabs and the Arabs have some unknown, stupid cause. [censored] is fighting for freedom of the [censored] people and their country, [censored] [censored] stated that the [censored] have no civil rights, no equality, no jobs, no freedom, and [censored] are killing their people and culture. [censored] stated that [censored] are using the [censored] land, oil, and natural resources to become a powerful county (sic). [censored] stated that is the reason why he left his home and went to live in caves in Afghanistan. [censored] stated that he had to learn to fight and try to save his people, before it is too late.

[censored] stated that back home, he used to listen to the United States freedom channel, Radio Free Asia[1], on the radio. [censored] advised that Radio Free Asia gives so much hope to the [censored] ...

[censored] advised that [censored] turned over [censored half line] shot and killed them on the border.

Considering this story and the story here, I propose that the detainees may be Uyghurs, and the government that the detainee is fearful of is the Chinese Government.

Update: In several years time, on 24 August 2005, the Washington Post will do a story on the Uyghurs, verifying that their details were released to the Chinese government, and noting that the US is now uncertain as to where to send them.

[1]: Note that Radio Free Asia broadcasts in nine languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Burmese, Korean, Lao, Khmer, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Uyghur.


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