Former Gitmo detainee tells ABC he was tortured


ABC's Jake Tapper talked with Lakhdar Boumediene who was detained at Guantanamo Bay for over 7 years. He was released after a district court judge said there was no credible evidence to support his detention.

Boumediene told Tapper he was "sure" about torture.

But instead, Boumediene said he endured harsh treatment for more than seven years. He said he was kept awake for 16 days straight, and physically abused repeatedly.

Asked if he thought he was tortured, Boumediene was unequivocal.

"I don't think. I'm sure," he said.

Boumediene described being pulled up from under his arms while sitting in a chair with his legs shackled, stretching him. He said that he was forced to run with the camp's guards and if he could not keep up, he was dragged, bloody and bruised.

He described what he called the "games" the guards would play after he began a hunger strike, putting his food IV up his nose and poking the hypodermic needle in the wrong part of his arm.

"You think that's not torture? What's this? What can you call this? Torture or what?" he said, indicating the scars he bears from tight shackles. "I'm an animal? I'm not a human?"

ABC News has more details here.

This video is from ABC's Good Morning America, broadcast June 8, 2009.


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