A 44-year-old Guantanamo Bay prisoner suffered sexual assault, humiliation and intimidation as “the order of the day,” according to excerpts from his diary published on Tuesday, the German newspaper Der Spiegel reported.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial, wrote that two female guards rousted him in his cell saying, “Today, we’re gonna teach you about great American sex.” They then proceeded to force themselves on him under a senior guard’s supervision.
“At the same time they were talking dirty to me, and playing with my sexual parts,” Slahi wrote. “I am saving you here from quoting the disgusting and degrading talk I had to listen to from noon or before until 10 p.m.”
Slahi, a Mauritanian national, was arrested in November 2001 and was imprisoned in Guantanamo in August 2002. He was accused of sending 9/11 attackers to Pakistan for training. In his diary, he wrote that guards mocked him for praying in the midst of the assault and refused to let him fast in keeping with the Muslim tradition of Ramadan in October 2003.
“Of course they didn’t want me to die, but they understand there are many steps before one dies,” he recalled, before quoting one guard who told him, ‘”You’re not gonna die, we’re gonna feed you up your a*s.'”
According to Der Spiegel, a federal district judge ordered Slahi’s release in 2010 after determining that the government could not prove that he had supported the attackers. But the decision was appealed, leaving the case still pending.
Slahi reportedly wrote about his experiences by hand over the course of the summer of 2005. The 460-page diary was initially classified as top secret by military officials and stored in Washington D.C. His attorneys successfully petitioned for the diary’s release three years ago, citing the Freedom of Information Act, though some names have been redacted from the published version.
Another excerpt deals with Slahi’s resignation to spending the rest of his life at Guantanamo, and his decision to feed his captors false information.
“I answered all the questions he asked me with incriminating answers,” he wrote. “I tried my best to make myself look as bad as I could, which is exactly the way you can make your interrogator happy.”
Despite falsely implicating people he did not even know, Slahi was reportedly rewarded by Guantanamo staff, and now has his own television and computer, while also being allowed to grow his own herb gardens inside the prison.
“Slahi provides us with a glimpse of life there,” one of his lawyers, Nancy Hollander, told Der Spiegel. “I hope this book will change some things and that he will finally be released.”