Join us on Tuesday evening as we speak with former Guantanamo detainee MOAZZAM BEGG, author of the recently published Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar
, about his firsthand experience with Bush’s “war on terror.”
A British citizen, Moazzam Begg was born and raised in Birmingham. In mid-2000, he moved to Afghanistan with his wife and three young children to support a school for girls. After September 11th and the subsequent U.S. bombing of Afghanistan, he relocated to Pakistan. In February 2002, Begg was kidnapped from his home in Islamabad by the CIA. Hooded, shackled, and cuffed, he was flown first to the U.S. detention facility at Kandahar, and then to Bagram airbase where he was held for approximately one year before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay.
As one of the few English-speaking detainees, Begg was uniquely positioned to observe the conditions of the detention camps and evaluate the psychology of his guards and interrogators. He was tortured, interrogated over three hundred times, and threatened with death; at Bagram, he witnessed the killing of two fellow detainees. He spent a total of three years imprisoned, the majority of it in solitary confinement, until his eventual release in January 2005. Although labeled an “enemy combatant” by the U.S. government, Begg was given no reason for his arrest and was never charged with any crime. To date, he has received neither apology nor compensation for his imprisonment.
We will be joined in the studio by special guests who have worked on the issue of detention and have represented detainees at Guantanamo.