Tuesday, January 6, 2009

He looked better in orange...

LAHORE, Pakistan: When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in U.S. custody, including five at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants.

In November, a Pakistani surgeon operated on his ear, physical therapists were working on lower back problems, and a psychiatrist was trying to wean him off the drugs he carried around in a white plastic shopping bag.

The maladies, said Iqbal, 31, a professional reader of the Koran, are the result of a gantlet of torture, imprisonment and interrogation for which his Washington lawyer plans to sue the U.S. government.

The incoming Obama administration is weighing whether to close the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, which many critics have called an extralegal system of detention and abuse.
This guy is going to file a Civil suit against the US Government via his Washington lawyer. Even if his story is true (which will take more than a grain of salt to swallow)...his injuries occurred in the custody of the Indonesians and the Egyptians.

Iqbal says that all this incarceration stems from being accused of bragging about being able to create a working "shoe bomb." He denies that he ever said that...of course. You don't yell "FIRE!" in a crowded movie theater...unless there is a fire. Someone is likely to believe you...Just ask Iqbal.

By the way...I wasn't aware that Pakistan had a "professional Koran reading team."