Lakhdar Boumediene: I Was Tortured At Guantanamo
Lakhdar Boumediene was an aid worker for the Red Crescent when he was swept up in a 2001 raid by Bosnian police and then transferred to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, accused of plotting to attack a U.S. embassy.
Seven and a half years later, his nightmare his over. The charges against him have been dropped, and in May he was transferred to France as a free citizen, though he has been staying at a military clinic there for physical and psychological observation.
In a series of recent interviews, including one published today by ABC News, Boumediene says he was tortured at Guantanamo.
"I don't think. I am sure," he said, lifting his arms to show the scars.
Boumediene says he was physically abused at the U.S. prison, deprived of sleep for 16 days at a time, and then force-fed through a tube in his right nostril after he initiated a hunger strike.
In his interview with ABC, Boumediene thought he would be fine once the Americans took over.
"I thought America, the big country, they have CIA, FBI. Maybe one week, two weeks, they know I am innocent. I can go back to my home, to my home," he said. "I give you 2 years, no problem, but not 7 years."
He added that he held no grudges against any Americans except for former President Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and three other officials from their administration.
"I just, I cry," he told ABC News. "Just I cry, because I don't know my daughters."
Watch his interview: