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Mohammed Abd Al Al Qadir: Letter to his Attorney, July 22, 2008

July 22, 2008

Dear Mr. Cohen,

Please accept our best wishes and greeting from Guantanamo Prison. Thank your talking to me on the telephone on July 15, 2008, it certainly gave me peace of mind and accordingly I conveyed to my other inmates to calm them down. ICRC representative visited us on July 01-2, 2008 who created chaos and confusion by advising us that the US government is releasing us and sending to ALGERIA, we all out rightly refused and we were all, very, extremely upset. Then after few days Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Staff Judge Advocate visited us and promised us to talk to you (Our attorneys).

It is very unfair keeping us in extreme conditions where Administrative Review Board has cleared us years ago. Years and years are going by in strict isolation, we are thousands of miles away from our loved ones and sweet home, friends, and relative[s]. Now the concept of day & night, winter - spring and summer, congregation prayers & Friday sermon, love & festival, family life & community living all are fading away from our upset and restless mind. Indeed we are in a very difficult condition. We wish and pray that no human soul should ever go through this ordeal.

Since our captivity we have been extensively interrogated and investigated by various [?] US Agencies under severe conditions. All information about us, our family and business have already been compiled ages ago. It took many centuries to separate EXECUTIVE and JUDICIARY but here in Guantanamo the lawlessness is superceding the PHAROH of Egypt and Hitler of Germany.

Americans believe in Justice, Equality, and Human Rights, but the Bush Administration have been avoiding justice and ignoring basic Human Rights. We do believe in justice based on equality, wrong should certainly be punished and other[s] respectfully and honourably released. "Right and wrong. Between [whose] endless jar justice resides." Shakespeare in (Troilus and Cressida 1-3-116).

There was a historical ruling of U.S. Supreme Court on June 12, 2008 that the Guantanamo Prisoners had U.S. Constitution Habeas Corpus privilege. And there was an[]other ruling of the Court of Appeal [sic] in D.C. Circuit challenging CSRT declaring Enemy Combatant of case of PARHAT v. GATES case no. 06-1397 that PARHAT is not an Enemy Combatant. Historically since our captivity no prisoner has been released by applying justice, we are not satisfied. "No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream." Martin Luther King jr. Aug 28, 1963.

Guantanamo Prison is comparable to HELLTON, SATAN INN, or DYSTOPIA, we have no control of Air, Water, Climate, Clothes, Food, Human Contact, Light and Medical treatment but our captor proudly and arrogantly control[l]ing & ignoring the world community. In these conditions of confinement in our cell effecting our health and psychology, we [are] aging fast and our health is deteriorating fast.

                                    " I thought it said in every tick
                                      I am so sick, so sick, so sick
                                      O death come quick, come quick, come quick".
                                                                        The Watch by Frances Cornford.

In the beginning we are about 800 prisoners here from 40 different countries, more than 550 have been release[d] without applying any law and Obama, Democrat candidate and John McCain, Republican candidate said that the Guantanamo Prison should be closed its a disgrace to America's reputation. We ask other nations for Human Rights where we don't see Human Rights given to our captives. It is a deviation of basic teaching of Holy Bible. Matthew (7:5) "Hypocr[i]te! First remove the plank from your own eye, then you see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye". And Matthew (7:12) "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophet". My request to you is please look into [the] possibility to ask question to the Presidential candidates in their debate before election in front of the audience about Guantanamo with definite answer with some time frame when new President takes over on Jan 20, 2009.

"I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity…, in important things diversity…, in all things generosity".

SAMI AL HAAJ of ALJAZEERA T.V. was also here as captive for years. [H]e has been released and he is back on his job with AL JAZEERA. SAMI had an opportunity to meet the King of QATAR and pleaded the case of Prisoners who are held up because of their home country difficulty. The King directed the matter to the Ministry of Foreign Affair[s]. I request you kindly contact SAMI and p[u]rsue with him with all my detail of legal affairs and specifically ARB's clearance about three years ago, in order to expedite. We all are ready and willing to go to QATAR.

I am having a rare opportunity to convey you my feeling in English, it may be the first and last time, but I request you kindly write me in Arabic. In the end, I would like to narrate Shakespeare:

                                    "Blow blow thou winter wind, thou are not so unkind as man's ingratitude
                                     thy tooth is not so keen because thou are not seen although thy breath be rude.
                                     Heigh ho - sing high ho unto the green wood hol[l]y: most friend[]ship is
                                     feigning, most loving mere folly!

Thank you for your cooperation, with warm regards,

                                                                                                                ISN 284

Mohammad Trarai, 284

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