Event Alert: Author Evening: Moazzam Begg talks about Enemy Combatant

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Moazzam Begg

Moazzam Begg who was abducted and handed over to US forces discusses the inside story of Guantanamo Bay and the endless interrogations of torture.

Extract from the book:

“No, not that,” shouted Marti, the other FBI agent. “You know what we’re talking about, just admit it. Were you planning a suicide operation? Were you planning gas attacks? Were you planning to assassinate…?”

“What the hell are you talking about? I think you’ve seen too many movies…”

“Do you want to see your children again?” Marti said, producing a print-out from his folder. It was a picture of Umamah when she was two years old, with another child. “Because it doesn’t seem like you care very much about your family. You’re being very selfish. Think of what would happen to them without you – your children, your wife…”

Suddenly one of them pulled the chair away from me so I had to stand. “Get up off your ass. You’ve lost the dignity of deserving to sit on a chair when you’re talking to us,” he said.

Then all of them walked out, except Martin, the CIA agent. He stared at me. It must have been several minutes before he spoke. “Moazzam Begg,” he said, raising his hand in a fist, putting out his thumb, and then turning it upside down – the “let him die” gesture of a caesar. I felt scared to the core.

Tony Benn
‘A brilliant, terrifying and deeply moving account . . . A warning of the dangers inherent in using religion to justify war’.

There will also be a performance of Richard Falk’s poem ‘Libya’.

Date: 6 April
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: IHRC Bookshop… 202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA
Tel: 020 8904 4222

Nearest train / tube: Preston Road (Metropolitan Line), South Kenton (Bakerloo Line, Overground)


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Holy Qur’an: Chapter 4, Verse 75

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