Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Release innocent man from Guantanamo Bay and issue an official apology.
Nabil Hadjrab has been wrongfully detained at Guantanamo Bay for the last eleven years of his life. He is innocent, yet was sold out to the United States government for $5,000 simply because they were buying the names of any Arabs in and around Pakistan following the September 11th attacks. Throughout the past eleven years, Nabil has endured every torture method except waterboarding without being found guilty of any crimes or having terrorist ties. He has already lost eleven years of freedom and deserves to be released and issued a sincere apology.
Although Nabil is Algerian by birth, he grew up in France and learned French even before he learned Arabic. His only family ties are in Lyon, and as a child he dreamed of playing soccer for Paris St.-Germain. On September 11, 2001, he happened to be peacefully residing in Kabul, Afghanistan and had to flee the Afghan Northern Alliance who was rounding up and killing foreign Arabs. En route to Pakistan he was injured in a bombing raid and taken to the hospital where he was found by the United States army and eventually taken to Guantanamo.
On two occasions, Nabil has been cleared for transfer, as he has been a compliant prisoner and clearly has no ties to Al Qaeda or other terrorists. First President Bush recommended his release in 2007, followed by President Obama in 2009, however, nothing happened. After many years of torture and desperation, Nabil partook in this February’s hunger strike, only to be held down and force fed through a tube in his nose.
Nabil Hadjrab has undergone sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, and regular beatings because of our military’s brutality. Although this is unlikely, he deserves compensation and re-entry into his home country, France, in addition to an apology. At the very least, demand his release from Guantanamo Bay and an official apology from President Obama for his suffering.
Dear Mr. President,
One of your detainees, Mr. Nabil Hadjrab, has been wrongfully imprisoned for eleven years at Guantanamo Bay. Despite any confession of guilt or terrorist ties, he has been tortured by every method save waterboarding. This is an atrocity that you promised to fix during your campaigns.
Nabil is not the only innocent man detained at Guantanamo Bay. However, by releasing him, perhaps the process of letting innocent prisoners go can begin. All of these prisoners should be allowed re-entry to their home countries as well as compensation for their loss of life. We demand the release of Mr. Hadjrab, as well as an official apology for his suffering under your command.
[Your Name Here]
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