C oming out of the interrogation room, I got my first overview of the prison. It was a huge disused factory, a relic of the former Soviet Union's ambitions, when it was the enemy of both Islam and the west. There were pieces of abandoned machinery, and warning notices on the walls in Russian. In little more than a decade, two global superpowers had occupied this land, one of the world's poorest. I wondered what all these names and places had in common.
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A second generation British Muslim, Begg had been held by the U. Begg provides some ideological counterweight to the one-sided spin coming from the U. Moazzam Begg was born and raised in Birmingham, England, where he established an Islamic bookstore and aided in relief efforts in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
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Begg was seized by Pakistani officers in Islamabad in February , turned over to the U. According to statements made by the U. Begg admits having spent time at two non-al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan in the s, having supported Muslim fighters in Bosnia and Chechnya, and that he had "thought about" taking up arms in Chechnya. Also, that he had previously met people who have since been linked to terrorism Khalil al-Deek , Dhiren Barot , and Shahid Akram Butt ,  but he denies ever having trained for, aided, carried out or planned any acts of terrorism.
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How do you objectively review a book like this? Survivors of concentration camps have a central place in Western iconography, and in human history. Begg does not have the philosophical depth of Primo Levi or Rabbi Hugo Gryn, but he writes with the same authenticity and conveys horror without hyperbole. He recollects first impressions of his hi-tech Cuban coop, covered with "a pale green steel mesh, doubled, with one part of the mesh set vertically and other horizontally, so they crisscrossed one another". He was "in this steel cage with mesh round its sides, steel roof and floor, steel bed, steel toilet, all inside a white, new-looking brightly lit room". The devil is indeed in the detail provided by Begg, who endured three years of brutal incarceration and was able still to think, argue, observe and record the external and internal chaos. A former law student, this bearded Brummie has an indestructible soul that you feel as you read his account.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Moazzam Begg is an ordinary man who has endured an extraordinary fate -- imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit and whose precise nature has never been determined. As far as the US government was concerned, it was enough to label him an 'enemy combatant'. He spent three years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, and was subjected to over three hundred interrogations, death threats and torture, witnessing the killings of two detainees. He was released early in without explanation or apology. Read more Read less.