Friday, June 20, 2008

"You are the king of this prison"

The McClatchy series ended yesterday with a a profile of Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former Talbian ambassador to Pakistan. It's really displays some shades of gray in the whole detainee-treatment saga. Read the comments at the end too. It's not the way I would have ended the series, although it is perhaps particularly Anglican to end with more of a question than a bang.

KABUL, Afghanistan — When U.S. guards frog-marched Abdul Salam Zaeef through the cellblocks of Guantanamo, detainees would roar his name, "Mullah Zaeef! Mullah Zaeef!"
Zaeef, in shackles, looked at the guards and smiled.

"The soldiers told me, 'You are the king of this prison,' " he later recalled.

Zaeef is the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, famous for his defiant news conferences after 9-11, in which he said the militant Islamist group would never surrender Osama bin Laden.

Pakistani intelligence officers dragged him out of his house in Islamabad in late December 2001 or January 2002 and took him to Peshawar. "Your Excellency, you are no longer Your Excellency," he recalled one of them saying.

Read it all here.


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