FBI Memo re: Interview of Detainee at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay

Interview of a detainee at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. The detainee said that he is in good health, he is fed well, or at least as well as the other detainees, and the guards are treating him with respect. However, the detainee expressed concerns that his Muslim brothers were sent to isolation for breaking some Camp rules, and as an added punishment, they were forced to shave their beards. He indicated that many detainees are very angry about these brothers who were forced to shave their beards, and consider it as an attack on their religion. He said that other actions by camp guards have also angered the detainees, such as some guards making fun of them while they are praying and having their Qurans taken away as punishment for breaking rules. Although the guards no longer make fun of their prayers, and they do not take away their Qurans unless they are in isolation, the detainees still see these incidents as evidence their religion is being threatened. The detainee then stated that "does not believe killing innocents is right and says that the Quran forbids this. He added that God will judge everyone's actions in the end". He believes the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 was wrong. The interview then turned to the detainees activities in Afghanistan. The interviewers then told the detainee that they do not believe he was being truthful about his account of his activities in Afghanistan. The interviewers then gave an account of what they believe he did during his trip to Afghanistan [redacted]. The detainee denied knowing Usama bin Laden or being part of his activities. The interview then concluded.

Doc_type: 
Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Doc_rel_date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
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On April 8, 2003, Special Agent (SA)
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seeks to emulate t e ways of the Prophet Mohamed and his
early followers, since this was the time when Islam was in its
purest state. Wearing beards is one of the methods used to emulate
the Prophet Mohamed.

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'indicated that many detainees are very angry

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about these brothers who were forced to shave their beards, and

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consider it as an attack on their religion. He said that other

b7F -1aactions by camp guards have also angered the detainees, such as
some guards making fun of them while they are praying and having
their Qurans taken away as punishment for breaking rules. Although
the guards no longer make fun of their prayers, and they do not
take away their Qurans unless they are in isolation, the detainees
still see these incidents as evidence their religion is being
threatened.

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breaking camp rules and having their beards shaved. The

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interviewers told him they are unaware of this practice, but would

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ask questions of the military to see why this occurs.

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once on the Al Jazeera news channel, but cannot remember what he

said, other than telling some type of story.

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and says that the Quran forbids this. He added that God will judge

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everyone's actions in the end. He believes the terrorist attack on

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September 11, 2001 was wrong.

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While discussing the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, said that God is on the side of the Palestinians and they b7C -3, , will ultimately prevail. He added that the Jews are aware of this,
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although they do not like it.

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said that throughout history, anyone who has

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fought against Muslims has ultimate:1r been defeated, since God is

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always on their side. He gave the following examples:

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The Soviet/Afghan Wa took over ten years, the b6 -3 ,4 Muslims ultimately prevailed. said this was a true
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jihad, defending an attack on slam. Atter their defeat, the

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Soviet Union broke apart into many different countries.

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Yugoslavia Conflict - the Serbs slaughtered innocent
Muslims, but eventually they were defeated and Yugoslavia fractured
into many smaller countries.

Chechnya - the Russians are killing many Muslims here,
but they are losing. It is just a natter of time before they are
defeated.

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b7C -3,4 stated that if America fights Islam, they will
be defeate ecause God is always on the side of Islam. If America

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only fights terrorism, America will win, because God is not on the

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side of terrorists.

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The interviewers reminded 'they will only be

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able to meet with him one or perhaps two more times before they are

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assigned to other detainees, so the time is drawing near when it will be too late for him to tell the entire truth about his b7F -1 experiences in Afghanistan.
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detainees who were associates of SHEIKH

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The interviewers said that this evidence tends to
incriminate him, especially if he refuses to relate the truth about
his Afghanistan experiences.

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He did not answer the question and

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The interviewers then told that they do not

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believe he is truthful in his account o is activities in

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they believe he did during his trip to Afghanistan:

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has never heard of his fatwa (religious ruling) against the Jews

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and Crusaders, authorizin and commanding Muslims to kill Americans b7D -1 wherever they find them. said he is unfamiliar with SHEIKH BIN LADEN's messages or is eliefs. He saw him Interviewed
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