A Guantanamo Diary

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Behind-the-scenes information about Guantanamo is very hard to come by. Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, an American lawyer of Afghani descent, went to Guantanamo as a volunteer translator for detainees; she joins us to reveal what the detainees told her. Her new book is My Guantanamo Diary.


Mahvish Rukhsana Khan

Comments [3]

Steve Wing from Milford, Connecticut

What a country we have: on the one hand, we have the geniuses who created the worst episode in American history and are still trying to run rough-shod over the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In the middle (and in Guantanamo) we have the 'worst of the worst' many of whom turn out to be decent innocent people. And then we have people like your guest, Mahvish Khan, who stepped up to help remedy the situation. What gumption, what grace, what gentleness. God bless her and her acts of humanity.

Jul. 18 2008 03:55 PM

By the way, John Woo is the action film director. John Yoo is the guy who worked in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Get your names straight Lenny!

Jul. 17 2008 12:46 PM
chris o from new york city

What a disaster. The criminal incompetence of Bush is just beyond all belief. There is no concern for results, just politics. No concern for justice, just winning. It seems like for every terrorist, there is about 10 innocent or very low level detainees that have no right to be treated in such a Kafka-esque manner. All they do is try to cover their tracks and they get away with it.

I remember reading about a US soldier that went to Guantanomo impersonating an Arab prisoner and he was so man-handled and mistreated that he has permanent physical injuries. It is one giant human rights violation and it was designed to be this.

Jul. 17 2008 12:15 PM

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