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A Former Guantanamo Guard Speaks Out

Steve Wood was a guard at the US' prison at Guantanamo Bay as a member of the Oregon National Guard. He was told the detainees were the worst of the worst and responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was assigned to a special shift to guard Mohamedou Ould Salahi, considered one of the US military's highest valued detainees located in a special unit inside the prison called Camp Echo. Ould Salahi, a Mauritanian man held for fourteen years without charge, wrote a book about his experiences ("Guantanamo Diary") which was turned into a movie in 2021 ("The Mauritanian").

On January 13, 2022, two days after the 20th anniversary of the prison camp, Wood spoke to members of Portland's Amnesty International Group 48 on a Zoom presentation. He was interviewed by Megan Harrington Wilson, whose thoughtful questions prompted a lively conversation. There was also Q&A from audience members.

The event was video-captured by Dan Handelman of Flying Focus, who edited and produced this two-part program.

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Part 1 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Introductions and history of Guantanamo
  3. 4:17: Steve Wood: My background
  4. 6:39: Arriving at Guantanamo
  5. 12:49: Special assignment
  6. 16:56: Meeting Mohamadou Ould Salahi
  7. 25:15: Better treatment?
  8. 27:01: End credits, part 1
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:28):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:13: Relationship with Mohamadou Ould Salahi
  3. 6:06: Mohamadou Ould Salahi's background
  4. 9:46: Activism / Mohamadou Ould Salahi released
  5. 15:10: Q&A: Making change
  6. 17:33: Q&A: National Guard / friends with prisoner
  7. 22:22: Q&A The politics of Guantanamo / budget
  8. 26:52: Mauritania / what gives you hope?
      / End credits part 2

The whole show (VB #122.06&07) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel.

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