How Mom sent a guy to Gitmo

Above: Binyam Mohamed — who was born in Ethiopia but
held British residency at the time of his arrest — flew back
into London on Monday, alleging he had been “tortured in
medieval ways”.

L.A. Times
By Rosa Brooks

How Mom sent a guy to Gitmo:
She thought her article was satire, but U.S. officials didn’t get the joke.

My mother is a terrorist!

Or at least that’s what certain unidentified U.S. interrogators seem to suspect.

It all stems from a satirical article called “How to Build Your Own Home H-Bomb” that my mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, wrote with two coauthors 30 years ago. The article, published in Seven Days magazine, was chock-full of helpful tips for would-be nuclear bomb makers. For instance, it advised those struggling to enrich uranium to make “a simple home centrifuge. Fill a standard-size bucket one-quarter full of liquid uranium hexafluoride. Attach a six-foot rope to the bucket handle. Now swing the [bucket] around your head as fast as possible. Keep this up for about 45 minutes.”

It’s a good thing the Iranians haven’t discovered this technique. But don’t chuckle. If you’re reading this, and you ever admit it (and believe me, if tortured, you’ll admit anything), you never know what might happen.

Just ask Binyam Mohamed, who was released from Guantanamo to his home in Britain this week after nearly seven years of detention. His lawyers believe that he was suspected of being a terrorist, in part, because he confessed to having read my mother’s article. Read More.

Related: Ex-US detainee raises ‘torture’ questions

Binyam Mohamed hides his face as he leaves RAF Northolt

LONDON (AFP) — A man detained at Guantanamo Bay for more than six years was on Tuesday spending his first full day of freedom recuperating in the countryside, his lawyers said.

Binyam Mohamed — who was born in Ethiopia but held British residency at the time of his arrest — flew back into London on Monday, alleging he had been “tortured in medieval ways”.

The transfer out of Guantanamo was the first under US President Barack Obama, who ordered the closure of the “war on terror” prison on Cuba two days after taking office on January 20. Read More.


The aircraft carrying Binyam Mohamed prepares to land


His lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said Mohamed was “not angry”

Guantanamo Bay Detainee Mohamed Returns to U.K., Sky Reports

By Caroline Alexander

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed will return to the U.K. today, Sky News reported, citing his lawyer.

Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian who studied engineering in London, is on a flight from the U.S. to Britain, Sky said. Further information wasn’t immediately available. Read More.


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