Another Brutalized Guantanamo Victim Freed

by Mickey Huff
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This article discusses how a wrongfully charged man was subjected to tortures and other horrific treatments by U.S authorities. Kuwaiti national Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari was extra judicially held since 2002. He was falsely accused of working with Osama bin Laden when it was evident there was no real connection. “Kandari was a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan at the wrong time, caught up in the post-US October 2001 invasion chaos – seized and sold to US authorities as he tried fleeing cross-border to Pakistan for safety. As a teenager, he experienced Saddam’s summer 1990 Kuwait invasion. He helped others in his community, delivering food, providing various services. He chose the wrong time to provide humanitarian aid for beleaguered Afghans.” In other words, he was just simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, which can happen to anyone but for him this initiated 14 long years in Guantanamo. He was isolated and subjected to specialized brutality, which included continuous torture and numerous ways to try to break him down. He refused to make any false confessions that connected him to terrorist groups. He was an innocent man with nothing to confess. Normally, that would be sufficient but authorities instead fabricated false allegations that linked him to the Taliban and other atrocious activities.


“Another Brutalized Guantanamo Victim Freed,” The Sleuth Journal, March 9, 2016,

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