Friday, February 17, 2006

We made this camp for people who would be here forever. You should
never think of getting home. You'll be here for all your life. Maybe
one day my son will come to see you as you get old. Don't worry. We'll
keep you alive so you can suffer more. If you don't believe me, look
at these walls.

Interrogator to Mohammed C, 15 year old detainee at Guantanamo. from Amnesty report, July 2005.


Here you are, and you're not in a sanitorium! You'll have figured that out already. Anyone who hasn't grasped that will soon be made to. You can rely on that... You're not prison inmates here, serving a sentence imposed by the courts, you're just 'prisoners' pure and simple, and if you don't know what that means, you'll soon find out. You have no honor and no defenses. You have no rights. Your fate is a slave's fate. Amen.

Camp commandant's orientation speech to prisoners in preventative
detention, Buchenwald, 1937. from Walter Poller memoirs.