“There are 400 days left of Barack Obama’s administration during which he should keep his promise to close Guantanamo Bay.
That is what Shaker would want me to point out.
It has been a privilege to spend these last few days with him, just listening to him talking.
He had been unshackled by the US on Cuban soil. The plane he travelled back on was a British plane.
Britain’s rendition contribution was not quite so open.
It was fantastic just watching this little plane approach.
Like everyone in Guantanamo, Shaker is suspicious of everything he consumed in the prison.
Anyone who gets out actually has the opportunity to be tested before everything disappears from their system.
That’s why he didn’t eat on the plane. People are saying it was because he was scared of being poisoned. But that wasn’t true.
He wanted his system to still have in it what he had from Guantanamo.
Shaker is unbelievably strong. Of course he is dented and damaged but he has quite exceptional strength of character, of faith and moral fibre.
It’s impossible to even consider or envisage what he has been through—the torture, the isolation. It’s beyond our understanding.
Also because he is the person he is, and is so resilient, it means that in a way it’s even harder to understand it because he survived.”
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