Northwestern to host marathon "Guantanamo Diary" reading
The week Republican lawmakers proposed a bill that would make it harder to transfer inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The House Armed Services Committee meets today to discuss the draft bill. This Saturday there will be a public reading of the book, Guantánamo Diary, at Northwestern University. The book was written by Mohamedou Slahi. Slahi was taken to the Guantanamo prison camp in 2002. He has never been charged with any crime. He began to write the story of his experiences in 2005 and handed a manuscript of the book to his lawyers in 2006. The U.S. government seized it and held it as a ‘top secret’ document for almost a decade before it was finally released, with official redactions, in 2015. Ian Hurd, professor of political science at Northwestern and one of the organizers of the event, joins us to talk about the Slahi case.
(Photo: Flickr/scrolleditorial) -- Yahdih Ould Slahi, Mohamedou Slahi's younger brother with a copy of the Guantanamo Diary.