What Happened at Guantánamo: A Former Prisoner and Interrogator Speaks 17 Years Later

When he was a torturer at Guantánamo Bay, the man who called himself “Mr. X” wore a balaclava and mirrored sunglasses; the person he was torturing was not supposed to see his face. Now, 17 years later, in October 2020, Mr. X stands in front of a potter’s wheel in his garage in Somewhere, USA. He is bald with a graying beard and tattoos on the back of his neck. His hands, large and strong, shape a mound of grey-brown clay. The pot will not look great, you can already tell. He says that’s how it is with his art; he is more attracted to ugliness.

We told Mr. X that the man he was abusing would like to talk to him. He replied that on the one hand he had dreamed of such a conversation for 17 years, on the other hand that he had dreaded it for 17 years. He…

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