"Again, these are people, these are enemy combatants, people that have been picked up on the battlefield with ill will or creating acts against the American people."--Senator Bill Frist
"They took our land. They killed my mother. You can ask. This is true information. They killed my family. My wife said they came with a weapon and drew it on her. I asked the Red Cross to go and investigate if this was true or not. Ask my family....
I have respect for you because you saved our lives. If you people didn’t come, they would have killed us all. From my village, plus or minus two hundred Shia’s were killed. You can ask yourself. This is not a lie. If you people weren’t here to come and help us, we would have all died of hunger because you give us food. At our house we didn’t have even a little bit of oil. You can ask. Even my children were barefoot...Now my poor family have no food, they don’t have anything, and I was detained…I don’t know what happened to my family. I don’t know what happened to my children....
If the Americans hadn't come, they would have killed us. They took our land. You cannot find one Hazara (ph) who is a supporter of Taliban or Gulbuddin." -- CSRT of Faiz Ullah, ISN 919. Ullah's CSRT found him to be an enemy combatant .
"These are not people who ordinarily have been captured who would be covered by the Geneva Conventions. They are not serving in a country's military; they are murderers of the worst sort." -- Senator Trent Lott
"When the Recorder was stating the nature of the evidence, he stated that the Detainee was a cook. The Detainee stated that he was not a cook; he was an assistant to the cook. He cleaned dishes, peeled potatoes and tomatoes and got the stuff ready for them. He was not actually a cook....
The Detainee states that he was grocery shopping close to his house and the Taliban was drafting people. While he was in the store, the Taliban came and asked for him, the Taliban came and asked for him. When he stated his identity, they put the sheet around his hands, tied them with the sheet and captured him....
Q: Were your hands tied the whole time?
A: The Detainee states that until they reached Kandahar, his hands were tied....
Q: Were the guards with you all of the time?
A: The Detainee states the guards were with him all the time. They didn't just give him to the driver and tell the driver to take him. There were 2 Taliban in the car with the Detainee.
Q: Were they armed?
A: The Detainee states yes, they were armed." -- CSRT of Dawd Gul, ISN 530. I cannot find an ARB or habeas petition for Gul, but according to the Washington Post's list of Guantanamo detainees, he has not been released.
"Senator Susan Collins , a Maine Republican who is considered a moderate, said she would not support Specter's amendment.
'Detainees from Guantanamo have clogged our courts with more than 420 lawsuits challenging everything from their access to the Internet to the quality of their recreation facilities, her office said in a statement that called the lawsuits 'an abuse of our court system.' " -- Farah Stockman, "Legal Residents' Rights Curbed in Detainee Bill," Boston Globe, September 28, 2006.
"Dear respected Lawyer,
I am writing this letter to you and I hope you are in the best of health.
My name is Sadeeq Ahmad Tukistani...
I was born in Saudi Arabia in the region of Taif and lived there. However I was imprisoned for three years because of a criminal case and after three years I was exiled from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan. When I reached Afghanistan, we were captured by the members of Al-Qaeda. We were accused that we have been sent by the Saudi government to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. After interrogation I was handed over to the Taliban and I was put under the intelligence in Qandahar for a period of one and a half year. After one and a half year, they moved me to the Qandahar political prison and I stayed there for three and a half years.
After the government of Taliban fell, and the government of Hamid Karzai took over, they handed me over to the Americans. Now, I have been under the control of the Americans for the past three years and eight months.
Six months ago, I was told by the Americans that I am innocent and I am not an enemy combatant.
I have one problem. For the past 8 years I have no information about my family. My family lives in Saudi Arabia in the region of Taif. I would like to request you some humanitarian help to contact my family at telephone number [redacted]...and bring me their welfare.
I hereby thank you sincerely and please accept my regards: Sadeeq Ahamd Turkistani"
--Letter to counsel from Sadiq Ahmad Turkistani, filed before the D.C. District Court on December 30, 2005.
Turkistani is one of six Guantanamo prisoners captured in a Taliban prison in Kandahar in December 2001. He later told his lawyers that "Al Qaeda operatives tortured him for over 20 straight days" until he falsely confessed to trying to assassinate Bin Laden "in the hope and belief that they would kill him."
In December of 1998, Osama Bin Laden told a Pakistani newspaper that "Thanks to Allah, the assassination attempt by one Siddiq Ahmad and his two accomplices failed." ("Bin Laden Urges Killing Americans," Associated Press, December 26, 1998.)
In large part because of his habeas corpus case, Saddiq Ahmad Turkistani was transferred from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia in June of this year. Three of the other prisoners captured with him in the Taliban prison, however, were classified as enemy combatants by their CSRTs and remain in Guantanamo.
"My moral compass is very much intact and when people mention moral
compasses and the conscience of the Senate, I'm going to sleep very
good casting my vote and I think I've got a decent moral compass about
what we should be doing to people, what's humane, what's not, what's
right, what's wrong." -- Senator Lindsey Graham
"In November 2002, a newly minted CIA case officer in charge of a secret prison just north of Kabul allegedly ordered guards to strip naked an uncooperative young Afghan detainee, chain him to the concrete floor and leave him there overnight without blankets, according to four U.S. government officials aware of the case.
The Afghan guards -- paid by the CIA and working
under CIA supervision in an abandoned warehouse code-named the Salt Pit
-- dragged their captive around on the concrete floor, bruising and
scraping his skin, before putting him in his cell, two of the officials
As night fell, so, predictably, did the temperature.
By morning, the Afghan man had frozen to death.
After a quick autopsy by a CIA medic -- "hypothermia" was listed as the cause of death -- the guards buried the Afghan, who was in his twenties, in an unmarked, unacknowledged cemetery used by Afghan forces, officials said. The captive's family has never been notified; his remains have never been returned for burial." -- Dana Priest, "CIA Avoids Scrutiny of Detainee Treatment," Washington Post, March 3, 2005.