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Fri Jan 9, 2015, 03:04 PM

That female fugitive has a famous Algerian name - is she related to this man?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/opinion/sunday/my-guantanamo-nightmare.html?_r=0
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by LAKHDAR BOUMEDIENE
I went on a hunger strike for two years because no one would tell me why I was being imprisoned. Twice each day my captors would shove a tube up my nose, down my throat and into my stomach so they could pour food into me. It was excruciating, but I was innocent and so I kept up my protest.

In 2008, my demand for a fair legal process went all the way to America’s highest court. In a decision that bears my name, the Supreme Court declared that “the laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.” It ruled that prisoners like me, no matter how serious the accusations, have a right to a day in court. The Supreme Court recognized a basic truth: the government makes mistakes. And the court said that because “the consequence of error may be detention of persons for the duration of hostilities that may last a generation or more, this is a risk too significant to ignore.”

I will never forget sitting with the four other men in a squalid room at Guantánamo, listening over a fuzzy speaker as Judge Leon read his decision in a Washington courtroom. He implored the government not to appeal his ruling, because “seven years of waiting for our legal system to give them an answer to a question so important is, in my judgment, more than plenty.” I was freed, at last, on May 15, 2009.

Today, I live in Provence with my wife and children. France has given us a home, and a new start. I have experienced the pleasure of reacquainting myself with my daughters and, in August 2010, the joy of welcoming a new son, Yousef. I am learning to drive, attending vocational training and rebuilding my life. I hope to work again serving others, but so far the fact that I spent seven and a half years as a Guantánamo prisoner has meant that only a few human rights organizations have seriously considered hiring me. I do not like to think of Guantánamo. The memories are filled with pain. But I share my story because 171 men remain there. Among them is Belkacem Bensayah, who was seized in Bosnia and sent to Guantánamo with me.

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I know Boumediene is a popular Algerian name and of course the most famous one was the revolutionary Houari Boumediene after whom the Algiers airport is named.

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Reply That female fugitive has a famous Algerian name - is she related to this man? (Original post)
malaise Jan 2015 OP
Mass Jan 2015 #1
malaise Jan 2015 #2
malaise Jan 2015 #10
Mass Jan 2015 #12
MineralMan Jan 2015 #3
kwassa Jan 2015 #4
MineralMan Jan 2015 #7
malaise Jan 2015 #5
MineralMan Jan 2015 #6
malaise Jan 2015 #8
MineralMan Jan 2015 #9
malaise Jan 2015 #11
MineralMan Jan 2015 #13

Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 03:07 PM

1. Apparently, there are 2 D's in HAYAT BOUMEDDIENNE

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Response to Mass (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 03:40 PM

2. Thanks

It is a very popular Algerian name

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Response to Mass (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 06:26 PM

10. I'm seeing her name with one M n/t

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Response to malaise (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 06:32 PM

12. Apparently, Le Monde changed the spelling to one D as well/

They had it with 2 D earlier today. But this is such a common name than who knows,

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 03:56 PM

3. Hmm...reminds me of a conversation I had once:

So, what's your name?
"Bill Wilson."
Where are you from?
"California"
Say, I know a guy named Jim Wilson in California! Maybe you're related to him.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:00 PM

4. My last name is that common, too.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:03 PM

7. Mine is, too, but it's not Wilson.

I changed the name in the story, but did have that conversation once.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:01 PM

5. Were you?

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:02 PM

6. Who knows?

Actually, that's not my last name, although my last name is almost as common. I have had that conversation, though. People are funny.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:04 PM

8. Yes we are

Still when I heard her name I first thought of the famous Algerian revolutionary

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 04:07 PM

9. Sure. That's only natural. It's funny, though.

People forget how many people have the same last name, pretty much no matter what that name might be. Oddly enough, odds are pretty good that they're all related if you go back far enough. Hell, we're all related if you go back far enough...cousin.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 06:26 PM

11. Hey Cuz

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 9, 2015, 07:35 PM

13. LOL...

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