Benyam Mohamed’s Penis

I acknowledge that Guardian Unlimited isn’t necessarily the most reliable media source out there; it has an editorial bias that makes the charges of the wingnut bridage that there’s such a thing as “the liberal media” at least borderline credible. And with all the uproar in Europe over their having been tainted by the Bush administration’s too-cozy relationship with torture, I wouldn’t be surprised if some aspects of this story are being played up or down in order to craft a particular effect.

But with all that said, to the extent the events described are true (and I think that has to be at least a working hypothesis, given what we know at this point), this is really awful: ‘One of them made cuts in my penis. I was in agony’.

They continued with two or three interrogations a month. They weren’t really interrogations, more like training me what to say. The interrogator told me what was going on. “We’re going to change your brain,” he said.

I suffered the razor treatment about once a month for the remaining time I was in Morocco, even after I’d agreed to confess to whatever they wanted to hear. It became like a routine. They’d come in, tie me up, spend maybe an hour doing it. They never spoke to me. Then they’d tip some kind of liquid on me — the burning was like grasping a hot coal. The cutting, that was one kind of pain. The burning, that was another.

One Response to “Benyam Mohamed’s Penis”

  1. Aaron Says:

    The editorial bias of The Guardian (or the Telegraph, or pretty much any other U.K. paper) means that it wears its bias on its sleeve, and you know what you are going to get when you read it. I am not sure that you get “more reliable” coverage from a U.S. paper that feigns neutrality with “he said, she said” reporting of black-and-white issues or which hides an editorial bias behind a veneer of neutrality. When a newspaper wears its bias on its sleeve, you not only know to take certain of its assertions with a grain of salt, you know the general size and flavor of the required grain. Compare that to, say, Judith Miller’s pro-war stories in the NY Times.

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