Hunger Striking Guantanamo Detainee Writes an Oped

By Benjamin Wittes
Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:55 AM

Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, a detainee at Guantánamo Bay, has this oped in the New York Times, told through his lawyers:

ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago.

I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.

I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.

I could have been home years ago---no one seriously thinks I am a threat---but still I am here. Years ago the military said I was a “guard” for Osama bin Laden, but this was nonsense, like something out of the American movies I used to watch. They don’t even seem to believe it anymore. But they don’t seem to care how long I sit here, either.