Jan 28 2015

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander on Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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GUESTS: Larry Siems, is the editor of ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Nancy Hollander represents Mr. Slahi’s as his criminal defense lawyer at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.

It has been thirteen and a half years since Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national, has been in US custody. Much of his detention has been at the US-run prison camp in Guantánamo, Cuba. Mr. Slahi was first picked up by Mauritanian police just months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. He was then transferred to CIA custody where, after a brief stay in Bagram prison in Afghanistan, he was flown to Guantánamo. Slahi was subjected to a special interrogation plan tailored to him and personally signed off by Bush-era Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The interrogation amounted to torture. Even though a judge ordered his release nearly five years ago, the Obama Administration has appealed that order and Slahi remains in custody indefinitely.

For years his only outlet was to write about his ordeal. Now, a book based on his writings called ‘Guantánamo Diary’ has been published. It was held up by authorities for years, and after the government made heavy redactions the book finally made it to the rest of the world.

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander will be speaking this evening at 7:15 p.m. as part of the LA Library Aloud Series at the Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library in conversation with Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine. There will be a dramatic reading by Reza Safai of ‘Guantánamo Diary’.

GUESTS: Larry Siems, served for many years as the director of Freedom to Write Programs for the writers’ advocacy organization PEN, in both Los Angeles and New York. He is the author of two books: Between the Lines: Letters Between Undocumented Mexican and Central American Immigrants and Their Families and Friends and The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post 9/11 Torture Program. He is also the editor of Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Nancy Hollander is an internationally recognized criminal defense lawyer and represents two prisoners at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base including Mr. Slahi. She is also the lead counsel for Chelsea Manning on appeal. She has also served as the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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