On the trail of US torture
The case of Binyam Mohamed who is currently held by US authorities at Guantanamo has been big news in the UK this week as the US allegedly put pressure on the UK courts not to release information about allegations around his alleged rendition and torture.
Now on hunger strike Prisoner No 1458 Binyam Mohamed is taken every day in shackles to be force fed this too perhaps feeling like torture but is done to stop him dying. His death in custody in Guantanamo without charge is the last thing the US or UK government wants at this time.
The Times in London explores the trail of this and other alleged US torture from water boarding to almost the medieval methods said to have been applied to Binyam Mohamed and the extent of the UK's complicity in the use of such methods.
Prisoner No 1458 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, woke up each day last week in his solitary cell and waited for the inevitable: the arrival of a team of guards to take him down the corridor in shackles to be painfully force fed through a tube.
This was not another attempt to extract a confession, but an attempt to keep Binyam Mohamed alive. The 30-year-old former resident of Notting Hill, west London, was continuing his hunger strike against what he sees as failed promises to set him free. When he last saw his lawyer two weeks ago, his arms, she said, stuck out of his 6ft body “like little thin twigs”.
Although previously accused by US authorities of plotting a terrorist attack on American soil, Mohamed has not been charged with any crime. His former military prosecutor declared a month ago that he presented no threat to either America or Britain.