US Coerced Guantanamo Prisoner To Be Quiet

The United States offered Guanatanamo inmate, Binyam Mohamed a plea bargain if he would agree never to discuss the fact he was tortured in the prison and avoided instituting any legal action against the American government. He was assured that if he pleaded guilty to two charges of terrorism he would only serve a three year term. Mr. Mohamed has the strange idea that he is innocent and does not understand why he must plead guilty to something that was never done in order to get American officials off the hook for their disregard for law. His lawyer put it bluntly: “this reflects the way he US government has consistently tried to cover up the truth of Binyam Mohamed’s torture. He was being told he would never leave Guantanamo Bay unless he promised never to discuss his torture, and never sue either the Americans or the British to force disclosure of his mistreatment.

The truth has emerged for the moment but the entire truth will not emerge until the American government institutes a Truth and Reconciliation Commission which examines all aspects of the horror that is known as Guantanamo. The Bush legacy must be exposed.

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