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#FreeSlahi

I am still reeling from the event this evening at the O’Reilly Theatre for the International Literature Festival. This event saw the editor for ‘Guantanamo Diary’ Larry Siems and the author’s lawyer, Nancy Hollander, discuss the challenges in getting the book published and continued efforts to get Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held in Guantanamo Bay for the past 14 years, released. No charges have ever been made against Slahi, and yet the US government refuses to release him. It should terrify everyone that a government can act so dangerously in the name of ‘security’. It should terrify everyone that we here in Ireland allowed these rendition planes to land in Shannon and have not asked for anyone to be held accountable. It should terrify everyone that the barbaric acts of torture Slahi endured are not regarded as torture by the US government. It should terrify everyone, but it doesn’t because I don’t think we care. And that terrifies me.

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