Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Born (1970-12-31) December 31, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Rosso, Mauritania[2]
Detained at Jordan
Bagram
Guantánamo
Alternate name Mohammedou Ould Salahi, kunya: Abu Musab
ISN 760
Status Detained under AUMF-AT as a "part of" al Qaeda. Writ of habeas corpus granted his release on March 22, 2010. Vacated by the D.C. Court of Appeals and remanded to the District Court on November 5, 2010.
Occupation Telecommunications Engineer[3]

Mohamedou Ould Slahi or Salahi (Arabic: محمد ولد صلاحي‎) (born December 31, 1970) is a Mauritanian who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay detention camp since August 4, 2002. He is being held under the authority of Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), alleged by the US government to be "part of" al Qaeda at the time of his arrest.

Slahi traveled to Afghanistan in December 1990 "to support the mujahideen."[4](p4) At that time, the mujahideen in Afghanistan were attempting to topple the communist government of Mohammad Najibullah. Slahi trained in an al Qaeda camp and swore bayat to al Qaeda in March 1991. He returned to Germany soon after but then traveled back to Afghanistan for three months in early 1992. Slahi claims that he "severed all ties with ... al-Qaeda" after he left Afghanistan at that time.[4](p5)

The U.S. government maintains that Slahi "recruited for al-Qaeda and provided it with other support" since then.[4](p5) Slahi turned himself in to Mauritanian authorities for questioning about the Millennium Plot on November 20, 2001. He was detained for seven days and questioned by Mauritanian officers and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[5] Eventually, the CIA rendered him to Jordan where he was held for eight months at a black site. Slahi claims that he was tortured by the Jordanians. After being flown to Afghanistan and held for two weeks, he was transferred to military custody and the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba on August 4, 2002.[6]

Slahi was subjected to isolation, temperature extremes, beatings and sexual humiliation at Guantánamo. In one documented incident, he was blindfolded and taken out to sea in a boat for a mock execution. Lt. Col Stuart Couch refused to prosecute Slahi in a Military Commission in 2003. He said in 2007 that "Slahi's incriminating statements—the core of the government's case—had been taken through torture, rendering them inadmissible under U.S. and international law."[7]

Following the Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush (2008), Slahi challenged the lawfulness of his detention in federal district court. Judge James Robertson granted a writ of habeas corpus ordering Slahi to be released on March 22, 2010. In his unclassified opinion, Judge Robertson wrote: "associations alone are not enough, of course, to make detention lawful."[8](p29) The Department of Justice appealed the decision,[9] which was heard on September 17, 2010.[10][11] The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the ruling and remanded the case to the District Court on November 5, 2010 for further factual findings.[4](p3)[12][13]

Slahi wrote a memoir in prison in 2005, which the US government finally declassified in 2013 (with some redactions). Slate published excerpts from the memoirs as a series beginning in April 2013.[14] It is to be published in 2015, the first work to be released that is by a still-imprisoned detainee at Guantanamo.[15]

Germany[edit]

Slahi moved from Mauritania to Germany in 1988 on a scholarship with the Carl Duisberg Society; he earned an engineering degree from the University of Duisburg.[2][5] In December 1990, Slahi went to Afghanistan to support the mujahideen against the communist central government. At that stage, al Qaeda were allied to the American government, which shared the goal of defeating the communist government. Slahi trained for six weeks at al-Farouq, an al Qaeda-run training camp near Khost. At the end of his training in March 1991, he swore bayat to al Qaeda[6][16] and was given the kunya "Abu Musab." He returned to Germany to continue his studies.

In January 1992, he traveled again to Afghanistan, to fight in support the mujahideen. He was assigned to a mortar battery in Gardez. In March, the Mohammad Najibullah regime fell and Slahi returned to Germany.[8] (p. 12) In hearings in Guantanamo, Slahi has stated that he traveled to Afghanistan twice, attended the al Farouq training camp in 1990 and fought against the Afghan central government in 1992, but that he was not an enemy combatant against the United States in the 21st century.[6][10][17] (pp. 2–4) [18] (pp. 4–6)

Slahi graduated from the university (renamed Gerhard Mercator University in 1994) with a degree in electrical engineering in 1995. The next year, he sought an unlimited visa and work permit to remain in Germany as well as landed immigrant status in Canada.[8] (p. 12) Slahi obtained landed immigrant status in Canada in September 1998.[17]

Slahi's cousin and former brother-in-law is Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, also known as Abu Hafs al-Mauritania. Al-Walid is alleged to be one of the spiritual advisers to Osama bin Laden and a high-ranking leader of al Qaeda.[8] (p. 21) While al-Walid was in the Sudan, he twice asked Slahi to help him get money to his family in Mauritania, about $4,000 in December 1997 and $4,000 in December 1998. About these transactions, the US District Court said, in Slahi's 2010 habeas corpus case: "[T]he government relies on nothing but Salahi's uncorroborated, coerced statements to conclude that the money transfers were done on behalf of and in support of al-Qaida."[8] (p. 26) In 1998, Slahi was heard by U.S. intelligence talking to al-Walid on a satellite phone traced to bin Laden.[16][18][19][20] (p. 12)

The 9/11 Commission Report (2004) said in its report that in 1999, Slahi advised three members of the Hamburg Cell to travel to Afghanistan to obtain training before waging jihad in Chechnya.[21][22] But, the district court found in 2010 only that Slahi "provided lodging for three men for one night at his home in Germany [in November 1999], that one of them was Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and that there was discussion of jihad and Afghanistan."[8] (p. 19)

Canada[edit]

Slahi moved to Montreal, Canada on November 26, 1999 because German immigration authorities would not extend his visa for residence in Germany.[17] Since he was a hafidh, he was invited by the imam of a large mosque to lead Ramadan prayers.[18][20] Ahmed Ressam, who was caught with explosives crossing the Canadian border in December 1999 as part of the 2000 Millennium Plot, was a member of the same mosque.[16] Since Slahi was known to U.S. intelligence, he became suspected of activating Ressam.[19]

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) put Slahi under surveillance for several weeks but did not find any grounds to arrest him.[19][23] According to a classified report of German intelligence, "there is not only no evidence of any involvement by Ould Slahi in the planning and preparation of the attacks, but also no indication that Ressam and Ould Slahi knew each other."[5] Slahi left Canada to return to Mauritania on January 21, 2000.[17]

Mauritania 2000-2001[edit]

During his trip home, Slahi was arrested in Senegal at the request of United States authorities and questioned about the Millennium plot.[24] He was transferred to Mauritania to be interrogated by local authorities and American FBI agents.[23] After three weeks in custody, during which Slahi was accused of being involved in the Millennium Plot, he was released.[19]

Slahi worked at various companies in Mauritania as an electrical engineer from May 2000 until the end of September 2001.[8][17] On September 29, he was again detained by the Mauritanian authorities for questioning.[23] He cooperated with the authorities several times though November 2001.[19] The last time he went in for questioning was November 20, 2001.[5] He was interrogated by both Mauritanian officials and the FBI for seven days.

The CIA arranged for him to be transported to Jordan through extraordinary rendition. There the CIA supervised his interrogation for months.[5] An Amnesty International report describes his rendition and treatment there.[25]

On July 19, 2002, the CIA transported Slahi to Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was transferred to military custody and held at the detention facility. The US military flew Slahi to Guantanamo Bay detention camp on August 4, 2002.[5]

Guantánamo Bay detention[edit]

Slahi was assigned detainee ID number 760 and was initially held in Camp Delta. In September 2003, he was moved to Camp Echo.[16]

Memos summarizing meetings held on October 9, 2003 and February 2, 2004 between General Geoffrey Miller and Vincent Cassard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) acknowledged that camp authorities were not permitting the ICRC to have access to Slahi, due to "military necessity."[26][27] Officials belonging to Canadian Security Intelligence Service interviewed Slahi in February 2003.[28]

Lt. Col V. Stuart Couch, a Marine Corps lawyer, was appointed as Slahi's prosecutor at Guantanamo. He withdrew from the case in May 2004 after reviewing it in depth.[7][29][30] Couch said that, while he believed that Slahi "had blood on his hands," Couch "could no longer continue the case in good conscience" because of the alleged torture, which tainted all confessions Slahi had made.[7] Couch said that "the evidence is not believable because of the methods used to obtain it and the fact that it has not been independently corroborated."[29]

The Wall Street Journal published a letter that Slahi wrote to his lawyers on November 9, 2006.[31] In the letter, Slahi claims that all the confessions of crimes were the result of torture. He laughed at being asked to recount "everything" that he had said during interrogations, joking that it was "like asking Charlie Sheen how many women he dated."[31]

According to Peter Finn of the Washington Post in 2010, Slahi, along with Tariq al-Sawah, is one of "two of the most significant informants ever to be held at Guantanamo. Today, they are housed in a little fenced-in compound at the military prison, where they live a life of relative privilege -- gardening, writing and painting -- separated from other detainees in a cocoon designed to reward and protect."[16]

Slahi started writing a memoir of his experiences in 2005. They are to be published as "Guantánamo Diary" in January 2015.[32]

Allegations of torture[edit]

According to the Wall Street Journal, Slahi had his last Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogation on May 22, 2003.[7] His FBI interrogator warned him "this was our last session; he told me that I was not going to enjoy the time to come." Three months later Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques". Among other techniques Slahi was subjected to by military interrogators was isolation, temperature extremes, beatings and sexual humiliation. In one incident he was blindfolded and taken out to sea for a mock execution.[7][33]

Schmidt-Furlow Report[edit]

In 2007 a Wall Street Journal report paraphrased an incident described in the 2005 Schmidt-Furlow Report, the result of an investigation by the Department of Defense into detainee treatment at Guantanamo following FBI allegations of torture used by DOD interrogators in the early years of Guantanamo:[7][34]

On July 17, 2003, a masked interrogator told Mr. Slahi he had dreamed of watching detainees dig a grave.... The interrogator said he saw 'a plain, pine casket with [Mr. Slahi's] identification number painted in orange lowered into the ground.'

In the summer of 2003, Slahi was repeatedly subjected to the use of an interrogation technique which the Schmidt-Furlow Report stated had been prohibited by the Secretary of Defense on December 2, 2002.

What was not revealed until 2008 was that in a March 14, 2003 legal opinion memo issued by John Yoo of the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, to the General Counsel of DOD, Yoo advised DOD that federal laws related to torture and other abuses did not apply to interrogations overseas.[35] At that point the Bush administration contended that Guantanamo Bay was outside US jurisdiction. DOD used this memo to authorize the use of enhanced interrogation techniques at Guantanamo and in Iraq.[35][36] Also, by 2005, the New York Times reported that by an April 2003 memo from Rumsfeld to General James T. Hill, Rumsfeld authorized 24 specific permitted interrogation techniques to be used.[37] Jack Goldsmith, head of the Office of Legal Counsel, in June 2004 withdrew the Yoo Torture Memos and advised agencies not to rely on them, but resigned in July 2004.[36] The memos were reaffirmed in December 2004 by the succeeding head of the Office of Legal Counsel .

date page
number
notes
July 3, 2003 21
  • Interrogators submit a request for a "Special Interrogation Plan" for Slahi to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
  • The request was approved on August 3, 2003. According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report
"Interrogation logs indicate that the techniques were never implemented because the subject of the second special interrogation plan began to cooperate prior to the approval."
July 17, 2003 24
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated: "...a masked interrogator was used to interrogate the subject of the second special interrogation.
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated the masked interrogator told Slahi:
    • "that he had a dream about the subject of the second special interrogation dying."
    • "Specifically he told the subject ... that in the dream he 'saw four detainees that were chained together at the feet. They dug a hole that was six-feet long, six-feet deep, and four-feet wide.'"
    • "Then he observed the detainees throw a plain, pine casket with the detainee’s identification number painted in orange lowered into the ground."
    • "...his dream meant that [Slahi] was never going to leave GTMO unless he started to talk, that he would indeed die here from old age and be buried on 'Christian… sovereign American soil.'"
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report concluded that the "... dream story does not rise to the level of a threat."
July 20, 2003 24-25
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated the masked interrogator told Slahi that his family was “incarcerated.”
August 2, 2003 26
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated:
"...the Special Team Chief, while impersonating a USN Captain from the White House, told the subject ... that he had a letter indicating that the subject’s family had been captured by the United States and that they were in danger.
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated that the letter didn't contain an explicit threat.
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated:
    • "...the Special Team Chief indicated that prior to the 'threat' to detainee the subject of the second special interrogation he cleared the proposal and the letter with the senior judge advocate who approved the technique as a 'deception.'"
    • However, during their first interview with the Senior Judge Advocate he claimed no recollection of the letter.
    • During their second interview with the Senior Judge Advocate he chose to exercise his right to protect himself from self-incrimination.
    • "The Special Team Chief also indicated that both JIG Chiefs in charge during the promulgation of the Special Interrogation Plan12 were also aware of the threat letter."
    • "The first JIG Chief has retired and was unwilling to cooperate with this investigation."
    • "The second JIG Chief indicated under oath that he was unaware of the interrogation events discussed above."
    • "Finally, the Commander (Geoffrey Miller) denies any knowledge of the existence of the threat or the letter. He does not recall ever discussing the issue of threats with the interrogators. He is aware that this is a prohibited practice and would not have permitted it if he had been aware of the plan."
August 2, 2003 25
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated that Slahi was visited by a "messenger", with a "special message" that stated:
“Interrogator’s colleagues are sick of hearing the same lies over and over and are seriously considering washing their hands of him. Once they do so, he will disappear and never be heard from again. Interrogator assured detainee again to use his imagination to think of the worst possible scenario he could end up in. He told Detainee that beatings and physical pain are not the worst thing in the world. After all, after being beaten for a while, humans tend to disconnect the mind from the body and make it through. However, there are worse things than physical pain. Interrogator assured Detainee that, eventually, he will talk, because everyone does. But until then, he will very soon disappear down a very dark hole. His very existence will become erased. His electronic files will be deleted from the computer, his paper files will be packed up and filed away, and his existence will be forgotten by all. No one will know what happened to him and, eventually, no one will care.”
Summer 2003 22
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report confirmed Slahi's claim that he was subjected to extremes of heat and cold.
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated: "This technique was officially permitted under 16 Apr 03 SECDEF Memorandum – Environmental Manipulation."
  • The Schmidt-Furlow Report stated: "There is no evidence in the medical records of the subject of the second special interrogation being treated for hypothermia or any other condition related to extreme exposure."
Summer 2003 22-23
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"The subject of the second special interrogation alleges that female military interrogators removed their BDU tops and rubbed themselves against the detainee, fondled his genitalia, and made lewd sexual comments, noises, and gestures."
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"The interrogation logs for the subject of the second special interrogation indicate that on a number of occasions female interrogators used their status as females to distract the subject of the second special interrogation during the interrogation but there is nothing to corroborate the allegation of the subject of the second special interrogation."
August 2003 23
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"The subject of the second Special Interrogation Plan alleges that in late summer of 2003 he was hit by guards and an interrogator 'very hard' and 'with all their strength' he was hit 'all over.'"
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"The interrogation logs contain no reference to any physical violence against the subject of the second Special Interrogation Plan. His medical records indicate that in August 2003 the subject of the second special interrogation reported 'rib contusions' from an altercation with MPs when moved between camps. During this examination the physician also noted an 'edema of the lower lip' and a 'small laceration' on his head. There are no other medical entries of any other physical injuries. There are no indications of swelling or contusions to support a conclusion that the subject of the second special interrogation was hit 'very hard all over.'"
August 2, 2003 23
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"The Special Team Chief impersonated a USN Captain assigned to the White House during interrogation of the subject of the second special interrogation.
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report:
"...in an effort to convince the subject of the second special interrogation that he needed to cooperate ... presented a letter to the subject ... which indicated that ... in conjunction with authorities from the country of origin ... would interrogate the mother of the subject ... Plan. The letter further indicated that if his mother was uncooperative she would be detained and transferred to U.S. custody at GTMO for long term detention."
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, interrogators stressed to Slahi how dangerous it would be for Slahi's mother to be the only female captive in Guantanamo.
  • According to the Schmidt-Furlow Report, Major General Geoffrey Miller confirmed he was aware of the impersonation plan, but was unaware of the letter, or the threats to Slahi's mother.

Slahi's lawyers have threatened to sue Jordanian, Mauritanian and US officials over his torture.[38]

Habeas corpus proceedings[edit]

In Rasul v. Bush (2004), the US Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention camp had the right of habeas corpus to challenge their detention. Slahi had habeas corpus petitions submitted on his behalf. In response, the Department of Defense published 27 pages of unclassified documents from his CSRT on July 14, 2005.[39]

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 mandated that Guantánamo detainees were no longer entitled access to the US Federal court system, so all pending habeas petitions were stayed. But, in June 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Boumediene v. Bush that the MCA of 2006 could not remove detainees' right to habeas corpus and to access to the Federal courts. All previous habeas petitions were eligible to be re-instated.

On July 16, 2008, Sylvia Royce filed a status report on the progress of Slahi's previous petitions.[40] Slahi's habeas petition had been dismissed on April 5, 2007 and a motion to reinstate was filed on June 23, 2008.

Before submitting briefs in the habeas case, the U.S. government dropped its previous allegations that Slahi had participated in the Millennium Plot and that he knew about the 9/11 attacks before they happened.[6]

Release order[edit]

After review of the case, US District Court Judge James Robertson granted the writ of habeas corpus and ordered Slahi's release on March 22, 2010.[41] Robertson's ruling was criticized by several GOP politicians.[42] Slahi was the 34th detainee whose release was ordered by a federal district court judge reviewing government materials associated with his habeas petition.[43] The unclassified decision was filed on April 9, 2010.[9]

Referring to the government's claim that Slahi gave "purposeful and material support" to al Qaeda, Judge Robertson wrote:

"Salahi may very well have been an al-Qaida sympathizer, and the evidence does show that he provided some support to al-Qaida, or to people he knew to be al-Qaida. Such support was sporadic, however, and, at the time of his capture, non-existent. In any event, what the standard approved in Al-Bihani actually covers is "those who purposefully and materially supported such forces in hostilities against U.S. Coalition partners." 530 F.3d at 872 (emphasis added). The evidence in this record cannot possibly be stretched far enough to fit that test."[8]

Judge Robertson addressed the other government claim, that Slahi was "part of" al Qaeda at the time of his capture. He said the law was not as clear in this instance,

"neither Al-Bihani nor any other case provides a brightline test for determining who was and who was not 'part of' al-Qaida at the time of capture. The decision, in other words, depends on the sufficiency of the evidence." In regard to Slahi's case, Judge Robertson wrote, "The question of when a detainee must have been a 'part of' al-Qaida to be detainable is at the center of this case, because it is clear that Salahi was at one point a sworn al-Qaida member."[8]

Judge Robertson discusses other factors in his decision, including which side had the burden of proof and considering the reliability of coerced or hearsay testimony.[8](pp. 7–12) In conclusion, Judge Robertson stated:

"The government had to adduce evidence - which is different from intelligence - showing that it was more likely than not that Salahi was "part of" al-Qaida. To do so, it had to show that the support Salahi undoubtedly did provide from time to time was provided within al-Qaida's command structure. The government has not done so."[8] (p. 31)

Appeal[edit]

The Department of Justice appealed the decision.[9] Oral arguments were heard on September 17, 2010 by a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In oral arguments, Judge David Tatel questioned whether swearing bayat in 1991 is evidence of actions a decade and more later against the United States. He noted, "When he swore bayat, the United States and al-Qaida had a common goal. Both the United States and al-Qaida were opposing a communist government of Afghanistan."[10] The panel discussed sending the case back to the District Court or over-ruling the decision, based on other recent D.C. Circuit rulings on the criteria that justify detention, which are still being developed.[11]

On November 5, 2010, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the decision and remanded the case to the D.C. District Court for further factual findings, based on guidance it had given to the D.C. District Court about review of such habeas corpus cases of detainees.[12][44] The Circuit Court panel said the following questions needed to be answered:[44]

  • whether Salahi understood that he was referring recruits to work in al-Qaeda’s “jihad” against the U.S.,
  • what Salahi may have said to bin al-Shibh in a discussion of jihad in Afghanistan,
  • whether he had been asked by al-Qaeda to help with communications projects in Afghanistan and elsewhere,
  • whether he had taken a role in planning computer “cyberattacks,” and
  • whether he remained “a trusted member” of al-Qaeda up to the time of his capture.

Appeal for the release of evidence through the Canadian Justice System[edit]

Mohamedou Slahi and Ahcene Zemiri appealed through the Canadian Justice system for the release of classified documents about them, as both were former Canadian residents.[45] Both men had been interviewed by Canadian security officials before leaving Canada for Afghanistan. Their lawyers argued that the notes from the Canadian interviews would have been relied on by the United States when its agents built their own dossiers against the two men. The attorneys requested the Canadian evidence in order to make the case for the men's freedom in the US justice system.

In February 2009 Justice Edmond Blanchard ruled that since the men were not Canadian citizens and their connection to Canada was "tenuous", the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms did not apply to them.[45] Slahi is married to a Canadian, and had once been granted Permanent Resident status in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in another case that the Canadian government should publish classified documents which the Americans had shared about the Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, who was released from Guantanamo and returned to Canada in 2012.

Nathan Whitling, one of the detainees' Canadian lawyers, predicted that their United States habeas corpus cases will be heard before a planned appeal of Blanchard's ruling takes place.[45]

Prison memoirs to be published[edit]

In late 2005 and 2006, Slahi wrote his memoirs while in prison, a 466-page manuscript in English. He had learned this language since being held at Guantanamo.[15] After litigation and negotiation, his lawyers achieved declassification by the US government six years later. Excerpts were published by Slate magazine as a three-part series beginning April 30, 2013.[14] On May 1, 2013, Slate also published a related interview with Col. Morris D. Davis, the military's chief prosecutor at Guantanamo from September 2005 to October 2007.[46]

The book is to be published in January 2015 by Canongate, as the first work by a still-imprisoned detainee at Guantanamo. It provides details of his harsh interrogations and torture; Slahi has yet to be charged for any crime.[15] The book, Guantanamo Diary, will be edited and have an introduction by Larry Siems. He is an author and human rights activist, and the lead writer on The Torture Report, a 2010 web project by the ACLU National Security Project, to document torture conducted by the Bush administration.[47] Publication of the Diary is to be linked to an international campaign to gain Slahi's release from detention.[15]

Further reading[edit]

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