The Torture Of Detainee 063

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in Culture | No Comments

Detainee 063 is the actual interrogation log of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed al-Qahtani; each entry is posted to the site exactly seven years after it was occurred.

Over the course of the fifty days, Al-Qahtani, Detainee 063, is questioned by teams of interrogators working in shifts, typically for twenty hours a day. While individual entries of the log are sometimes brutal and unpleasant to read, what is particularly disturbing about the treatment Al-Qahtani receives is its relentlessness. By publishing the log in real time, this site is intended as a kind of re-enactment—to show how mistreatment which might not appear immediately as terrible as, for example, waterboarding, can nonetheless come to amount to nothing short of torture, how by being prolonged and unceasing it can become unbearable.

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