User:Diego/List of Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of possessing Casio watches

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This improvised timer for a time bomb was captured in the early 2000s.
This improvised timer for a time bomb was captured sometime after 2002.
US analysts described this improvised timer for a time bomb as safer and more reliable, for the bomber, than earlier models.


Possession of a Casio watch, often a Casio F91W, was listed in Guantanamo Bay Combatant Status Review Tribunal reports and other government documents as a reason for these detainees' continued detention, according to The Guardian:

"the Casio F-91W digital watch was declared to be 'the sign of al-Qaeda' and a contributing factor to continued detention of prisoners by the analysts stationed at Guantánamo Bay. Briefing documents used to train staff in assessing the threat level of new detainees advise that possession of the F-91W – available online for as little as £4 – suggests the wearer has been trained in bomb making by al-Qaida in Afghanistan."[1]

United States Military intelligence officials have identified the F91W as a watch that terrorists use when constructing time bombs.[2][3]

This association was highlighted in the Denbeaux study, and may have been used in some cases at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[4] An article published in the Washington Post in 1996 reported that Abdul Hakim Murad, Wali Khan Amin Shah, and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef had developed techniques to use commonly available Casio digital watches to detonate time bombs.[5]


Name Accusation
Mazin Salih Musaid al Awfi
  • Musaid pointed out to his Tribunal:

"Millions and millions of people have these types of Casio watches."[6]

Hani Abdul Muslih al Shulan
  • Captured wearing an F91W.[7]
Abdullah Kamel Abdullah Kamel Al Kandari
  • Told his Tribunal he had no idea that the watch was associated with terrorism[8]
  • Told his Tribunal that the four Muslim chaplains at Guantanamo all wore this model of watch.[9]
  • Described the features of his watch that signal the call to prayers to a devout Muslim.[10]
  • Told his Tribunal if he had known Casio watches were tied to terrorism:

"If I had known that, I would have thrown (the watch) away."[11]

Salih Uyar
  • Told his Tribunal:

"If it's a crime to carry this watch? Your own military personnel also carry this watch, too, Does that mean that they're just terrorists as well?"[12]

Sabri Mohammed Ebrahim
  • Told his Tribunal:

"All I know about the watch is that it is a Casio... I know it has a compass. When we pray we have to face Mecca"[13]

Usama Hassan Ahmend Abu Kabir
  • Told his Tribunal:

"I have a Casio watch due to the fact that they are inexpensive and they last a long time. I like my watch because it is durable. It had a calculator and was waterproof, and before prayers we have to wash up all the way to my elbows."[6]

Abdelaziz Kareem Salim al-Noofayee
  • Told his Tribunal:

"The guards here wear the same Casio watch I did. The watch I was wearing looked like the same one the guards wear here. Does that mean they're al-Qaeda members?"[7][14]

Abdul Matin
  • Told his tribunal:

"This watch is not from al-Qaida, it's not used for a bomb, This is just a regular watch. All older, younger men and women use this watch everywhere."[6]

References[edit]


* Category:Casio watches