Vice President Dick Cheney once claimed that “all the detainees” being held in the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay “were bad people.” That statement has been debunked numerous times, proving that the Bush administration locked up innocent people with a sweeping Gulag mentality reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. The latest innocent captive, now free, to speak out is journalist Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese national.
al-Hajj was released in 2008, having never been tried or convicted of any terrorist ties, and returned to Al Jazeera. On Monday, he appeared on Al Jazeera English to discuss his reaction to the latest revelations about his detention. He said that he had been told he was wrongly detained, but was kept in Guantanamo because of what he had seen while there. Afterwards, he said, his interrogations were almost entirely about Al Jazeera, as interrogators tried to find a connection between the network and Al Qaeda.
(Source: Al Jazeera TV)