As time goes by, more and more stories of the horror and atrocities from Gitmo are surfacing.
What it feels like to be a Prisoner at Guantanamo Bay
By Murat Kurnaz
from Caged Prisoners
They used to beat everybody. There was a man — he was really old and couldnâ€™t see and couldnâ€™t hear. If the guards told him something to do and he didnâ€™t do it because he couldnâ€™t hear, they went into his cage and beat him up. They did this for a couple minutes, and after that they took him out and brought him to isolation. That happened to me as well, a lot of times.
There doesnâ€™t need to be a reason. First they would use a pepper spray. Itâ€™s burning. It is hot. You have trouble breathing and opening your eyes. All of your face is burning — your eyes especially and inside your nose. You canâ€™t open your eyes because they are burning very hot. Since you have trouble breathing, you have to cough all the time. Then theyâ€™d punch me with their elbows. After they were done, they would write something down as to what could be the reason for it.
We were allowed to do the call to prayer every day, but they used to play music over us at the same time. The music some of the time was rock music, but most of the time they played the [American] national anthem. Or they used to kick the doors.
The worst thing about being in GuantÃ¡namo was having to live in the small cages. Most of the time there was nothing in there with me. Sometimes I had only my shorts on and nothing else. Nothing else except my shorts and myself.
I never lost my hope, of course. Not losing my hope is an important part of my religion.