When Enemy Combatant was first published in the United States in hardcover in [Moazzam Begg] describes his incarceration with restraint, precision, and. Enemy Combatant is a memoir by British Muslim, Moazzam Begg, co-written by Victoria Brittain, former Associate Foreign Editor for The Guardian, about Begg’s. Moazzam Begg is a British Pakistani who was held in extrajudicial detention by the US The US authorities held Begg as an enemy combatant, claiming Begg was an al-Qaeda member, who recruited for, and provided money for, al-Qaeda.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. How can my country – or any country – hold someone without charge for years? All the MPs were looking at each other, one person asking another and everyone accusing the next person: But I saw people horribly damaged, and I thought, This is not for me”.

It was probably one of the best ones that I have ever spent in my life.

Retrieved 13 November Begg has also said “before the Taliban, warlords abounded, there was no security, the opium trade was booming, children were being used as sex slaves. On 9 Octobera memo summarising a meeting between General Geoffrey Miller and his staff and Vincent Cassard of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that camp authorities did not permit them to have access to Begg, due to “military necessity”.

I picked up everything in my cell and smashed it to the ground; I kicked the walls, I kicked the door, I punched it, I started swearing and crying. Begt unfair for government bodies to detain people without due process in the light of day.

This innocent man was sent to prison because he helped the mujahedeen, same as Charlie Wilson why is he not in Getmo?

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Moazzam quotes from Malcolm X in this book, and I’ve included the quote here: But some said they doubted that he could be tied to any terrorist acts”. Dog kennels was the first thing I thought. I had to finish it. It was copied to Begg’s lawyers, and the US authorities agreed to declassify it.

Following the Peshawar school massacrein which over pupils and teachers were killed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban PakistanBegg wrote a comment on Facebook which was reported in his home town’s main newspaper, the Birmingham Post.


The New York Times. Begg was not charged. Everyone seemed to be talking at him. Convicted terrorist, found guilty in the UK of conspiracy to murder at various US targets [65] Wrote a book that Begg’s bookshop commissioned and published in [66] [67].

Moaazam they’d take me to an outside toilet – used by the military as there wasn’t one upstairs. Retrieved 20 February They showed groups of bound and shackled men dressed in orange jumpsuits, on their knees, heads bowed, under armed guard, in narrow enclosures behind barbed wire.

He was in his room playing around on this laptop when there was a late night knock at the door and upon answering it he was surrounded by Pakistani police and intelligence officers. Begg says he later discussed the allegations with Sahgal, “Because I advocate a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, she portrayed me as the greatest supporter of the Taliban and therefore, by extension, a supporter of everything they have said in terms of rights of women and so forth.

While incarcerated in Guantanamo, he is alleged to have told investigators that he had first become interested in jihad in summer after purchasing books on the subject from the Maktabah Al Ansar bookshop. However a Department of Defense investigation, whose results were reported in Mayconcluded combatqnt the deaths of Dilawar and Habibullah were wholly due to mistreatment by American soldiers.

He saw military police screaming at detainees, calling them dogs, desecrating the Muslim holy book and even keeping them awake with loud music ensuring constant sleep deprivation. The moazazm explanation for this was that Begg was a volunteer charity worker in Pakistan and later in Afghanistan and that he also worked in enemj Islamic Bookshop in Birmingham England and these roles did occasionally collide and bring him into contact with people of interest.

Enemy Combatant by Moazzam Begg.

Out of Guantánamo

At least the Taliban provided security and were building roads, and as opposed to the warlords, they seemed honest”. It was maddening to hear them refer to “the camps”, as if every training camp in the recent history of the Muslim world had been under al-Qaida’s umbrella.

Apr 29, Irfan rated it really liked it Shelves: Those screams echoed through my worst nightmares for a long time. The writing is such that you immediately empathise and as he takes you on his journey it’s hard not to feel moved, and personally I was quite upset on numerous occasions. Retrieved 23 February Feb 20, Mehmet Akif Koc rated it really liked it. We were the six who had been named for military commissions more than a year ago.


He was given a document by his interrogators which was an admission of guilt that he had signed some years earlier when he arrived at Guantanamo Bay.

A guard kept coming in and if I nodded off he woke me. I felt I knew a lot about him, just from begt gossiping guards.

From a parallel world

I read through the pages in utter disbelief. Initially he became separated from his family in Afghanistan, he and several other men were guided over the mountains into western Pakistan, and he was reunited with his family in Pakistan by mid-November. If you support a foreign policy of secret prisons, kangaroo courts, and detention centers, you must read this book, and take a walk in the shoes of an unjustly treated man, who happ A terrifying awakening to what the U. That’s not very clever, nor is it very honest”.

Aug 13, R. The usual noises of talking and shouting reverberating across the blocks was replaced by a solitary voice, melodically reciting verses of the Qur’an, which brought tears to my eyes.

Guantanamofor Microsoft ‘s Xbox I was taken, shackled but unhooded, to one of the interrogation rooms on the first floor, and made to sit down facing the door. His personality shows through in his prose, which is readable, clear, and impassioned without veering into needless vitriol though he does not bother to hide his disdain for Am The author, either a pious bookseller and humanitarian or a supporter of al-Qaida, depending on whom you ask, was abducted from his house in Islamabad and spent three years in the titular prisons.