Meet Guantanamo Detainee 940 - Adel Hamad

Detainee 940, Adel Hamad, a husband, father, aid worker and teacher, is from Sudan. Here's his story, told by his public defender's investigator and others.

Update: Related: This article appeared in last Sunday's New York Times.

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    excellent video (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by soccerdad on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 04:05:51 PM EST
    It should bring sadness and outrage to us all

    AMAZINGLY POWERFUL STORY... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by GTMOsowrong1 on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 04:17:36 PM EST
    This man was a HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR and a ping-pong player....why on earth would be need to have someone like this locked up?  He should be home with his family.  His detention is TRULY UNCONSCIONABLE!!

    Please Read NYT Article (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by john horse on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 09:35:15 PM EST
    As compelling as the video about Adel Hamad is, what I found even more interesting was the NYT article that was linked to in the post.  

    Please see the video.  It will touch your heart.  Then please read the article.  It describes a system that is broken with many specific examples, including Adel Hamad.  What happens when you set up a system without any "judicial standard of fairness" is that you end up with a system without any rhyme or reason as to why some people are released and others continue to be imprisoned.

    One thing that occurred to me after reading the article is that there is an opportunity cost in imprisoning large numbers of innocent individuals for a long period of time.  In addition to damaging our country's reputation, decreasing the willingness of other people and countries to cooperate with us, the resources that we spend on imprisoning and interrogating large numbers of innocent people are resources that were not available to go after those who were not innocent.

    Here is the link for the NYTimes Story About GTMO (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by GTMOsowrong1 on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 10:21:16 PM EST
    Click Here couldn't get it to work the first time but this is the GTMO Story that talks about the broken process and the injustice happening for Adel Hamad and others.  Also, see this website about the problems with GTMO www.ProjectHamad.org

    Not told by his public defender, exactly ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 05:00:17 PM EST
    ... but rather by the defender's professional investigator.  The Federal Public Defender Office in Portland, Oregon, is just terrific, by the way.  They were also co-counsel for Brandon Mayfield, the Portland attorney (an American-born convert to Islam), who was falsely accused in the Madrid train bombing based on a mis-identified fingerprint. Great video production, very compelling.

    More compelling info on Adel Hamad and Guantanamo (none / 0) (#7)
    by dnaimon on Sun Jan 07, 2007 at 11:45:55 PM EST
    We are working with William Teesdale, the attorney featured in the video.  Please check out Project Hamad for more information, such as easy links to the NYT article and other compelling reports, and ways to get directly plugged in and involved: