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Hamdan: Letter to Mohammed Ali Kassem

Detainee Mail

Type: Outgoing [M]ail
Format: Outgoing Army [M]ail
Item number: T005194
ISN Number: JJJADI
Date on mail (if any): 30/10/2002

Sender's Name: HAMED SALIM

Addressee: MOHAMMED ALI KASSEM
Address: TUNIS STREET, IN FRONT OF YOURMOUK STATION, BEHIND SALEH AL-DIYAN BLG, SANAA'
Country: YEMEN

Language Used: Arabic
Date translated: 14 / 11 / 2002

Text: [G]reetings. [I']m sending you this letter days before Ramadan because the Americans are treating us so bad from food to clothing. [I] only received three letters from you because they take them and they don't give us anything. [T]hey beat us up and torture us. [D]on't believe the news on television, they are l[]ying. [M]om, please tell everybody in the family to pray for us here, we need prayers so badly. [I] don't think [I]'ll be able to write to you anymore because [of] the bad treatment we get here. [T]hey play their music and torture u[s], th[e]y make fun of the Qur'an and the Islamic religion. [I] have problems with them everyday because [of] these kind of things. [T]hat's how it is in jail here. [I] try to tell them during interrogat[i]ons but they did not listen, so now no one talk[s] to them anymore. [W]e don't even get our human rights anymore. [I]'m telling you the truth, and eve[r]ybody here send[s] their family letters like this one. [P]eace.

Interpreters Comments: [O]n the main envelope there is [a] couple notes sending regards to his family.

Has all handwritten information been translated? Yes

Family? Yes

Name: Skaff

Rank: A1C


[Handwritten Annotation: HOLD | FALSE STATEMENT | MISTREATMENT]

Get original Arabic here

Get original English translation here

CSHRA Note

This letter is Attachment D to a defense motion prepared by LCDR Brian L. Mizer on April 4, 2008 in the case United States v. Salim Ahmed Hamdan.


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