Shaker Aamer gives disturbing account of Guantanamo Bay torture

Shaker Aamer with two of his four children, in a picture taken before his detention at Guantanamo. Photo: PA Wire.

I was not a human being any more. I meant nothing to them. I lost my dignity, my pride. I had to take off my underwear and hand it to them. I had sleep deprivation for 11 days. That made me crazy. They poured cold water over me. They kept me standing for 20 hours a day. I had to hold my hands and arms out.

– Shaker Aamer

Shaker, Aamer, the last British detainee in Guantanamo Bay gives a disturbing account of his torture, in his own words and he claims British spies witnessed the abuse.

The interview was recorded by Emily Keram, a doctor asked to assess his mental and physical well-being.

They do that until you are shivering, until they have broken you, until your mind is completely empty. You feel like you’re not real any more. Like it’s a dream.

And now the worst part comes. They treat you with kindness. It destroys you completely. Your thinking is paralysed. Your feeling is paralysed. And the interrogator says, "I am trying to help you."

– Shaker Aamer

The transcript, obtained by a national newspaper, also details how he was kept awake for days on end. If we tried to close his eyelids a guard would beat him he said.

Shaker Aamer who lived in South London has never been charged and remains a prisoner despite being cleared for release, by the Bush administration in 2007, and by Barack Obama in 2009.