Documents Reveal Innocent Man was Caged and Tortured at Gitmo for 13 years – by Mistake

guantanamoBy John Vibes

After 13 years of holding him in an inhumane and lawless prison, US officials admitted that Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri should have never been in Guantanamo Bay, and that he was detained as the result of a mistaken identity.

“It was previously assessed that YM-434 [al-Shamiri] also was an al-Qa’ida facilitator or courier, as well as a trainer, but we now judge that these activities were carried out by other known extremists with names or aliases similar to YM-434’s,” a newly declassified document revealed.

“From the onset, he has demonstrated a consistent positive attitude towards life after Gitmo. He has a strong desire to obtain an education in order to provide for a future spouse that his family has already located for him,” al-Shamiri’s personal representative told reporters.

“Mustafa will show you today that he is not a continuing significant threat to the United States of America. He is earnestly preparing for his life after Gitmo. During his time in detention, he has attended English and art classes, in addition to acquiring carpentry and cooking skills. During the last feast, Mustafa generously took the time to prepare over 30 plates of pastries for his fellow detainees. When I asked him why he would make pastries for his fellow detainees, he said it’s because it makes him feel like he can give back and share with people,” the representative added.

Over the years, the military dungeons at Guantanamo Bay have become largely forgotten by the general population back home in the US. Since the election of Barack Obama, many of the people who protested wars and the inhumane acts of the military industrial complex are now silent as if nothing has ever happened. To make matters even worse, the practices at Guantanamo have been exported elsewhere, so even if the prison does eventually close down, the culture of violence and torture that it represented will continue to live on in prisons and military bases across the world.

Some of the detainees at Guantanamo were children when captured, throughout the prison’s dark history there have been multiple cases of children as young as 12 or 13 years old who were tortured and held without trial. In fact, although the prison still holds over 100 people, almost 1000 have passed through, and many of them were proven innocent and released years after being declared an “enemy combatant” and subjected to torture and imprisonment.

A decade ago, Democracy Now! spoke with a former army sergeant, Erik Saar, who served as an Arabic translator at Guantanamo Bay for six months. Among the abuses he says he witnessed were sexual abuse, mock interrogations, the use of dogs and a female interrogator smearing what looked like menstrual blood on a Muslim prisoner. He also says children were imprisoned at Guantanamo and that the military ordered them not to speak to the Red Cross.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his website

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7 Comments on "Documents Reveal Innocent Man was Caged and Tortured at Gitmo for 13 years – by Mistake"

  1. So what is new? There still hasn’t been any real investigation of 9-11 treason that was used to fraudulently justify the U.S’s’ still growing and expanding covert and open genocidal wars of terror and aggression. I dread the day when the world will finally turn and deal with the United States as it did to Hitler’s Germany of WWII. Are the accumulated crimes of war and crimes against humanity any less catastrophic than those of the Nazi’s?

  2. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm |

    1 Corinthians 3:16
    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

    John 10:34
    Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘?

    Psalm 82:6
    “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’

    Luke 17:21
    Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    1 John 4:4
    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world

  3. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm |

    John 15:
    18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
    “When we do the will of the world, we do the things that are of the flesh ; and naturally the world will love us, for we are of the world. But when we are doing the will of the Father, which is the Divine law, then do we contrary to the will of the world ; and that which antagonizes always brings hate and resentment.”

  4. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm |

    “Love of God includes love for all living entities.”

  5. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm |

    “I say to you: free
    yourselves in spirit;
    do not let yourselves
    be held back
    by material substance!”

  6. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm |

    ”To the ignorant the body is supreme and they are incapable of realizing the immortality that is within them. Knowing only the body which is subject to death, they believe in death because they worship that substance which is the cause and reality of death.”

  7. yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-'Adam | December 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm |

    John 6:40
    And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

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