My Guantánamo diary : the detainees and the stories they told me / Mahvish Rukhsana Khan.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 302 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781586484989; 1586484982; 9781586487072 (pbk.); 1586487078.Subject(s): War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 | Afghan War, 2001- -- Prisoners and prisons, American | Prisoners of war -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base | Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp | Prisoners of war -- United States | Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana -- DiariesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: My Guantánamo diary.DDC classification: 909.83/1
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-302).
Secret clearance -- The pediatrician -- Getting there -- The old man -- Big bounties -- The goatherd -- The lawyers -- The businessman -- Afghanistan -- Kabul -- Dead detainees -- Habeas hurdles -- Sami Al-Haj -- The drama -- Jumah Al-Dossary -- What the Pentagon said -- The police chief -- The poets -- Serial numbers.
Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born in Michigan to immigrant Afghan parents. Outraged that her country was illegally imprisoning people at Guantánamo, she volunteered to translate for the prisoners. She spoke their language, understood their customs, and brought them Starbucks chai, the closest available drink to the kind of tea they would drink at home. And they quickly befriended her, offering fatherly advice as well as a uniquely personal insight into their plight, and that of their families thousands of miles away. For Khan, the experience was a validation of her Afghan heritage--as well as her American freedoms, which allowed her to intervene at Guantánamo purely out of her sense that it was the right thing to do. Mahvish Khan's story is a challenging, brave test of who she is--and who we are.--From publisher description.