Brandon Neely- Facebook
Oh yeah every day before, I guess you would
consider a briefing, they would tell you where to work, what happened the night before,
and right before the end, they would just be like and remember these are the worst of the worst. These are the guys that would kill your family in a heartbeat. Have a good day. That was every day.
QUESTION: And when you started talking to detainees, what made you start talking to
them? How did that even happen? Pretty much being bored. And I know it was surprising to me
to hear some of the guys speak English as good as I spoke. And then you
would start talking to some of them, and you realize, like man this guy was doing
the same thing I was doing just two weeks ago. Like I spoke to Ruhal.
We were talking about girls, night clubs, music. And we listened
to a lot of the same music. I mean this would be a guy
that I would probably hang out with back in the States. But here he is in
Guantanamo. But at the time I thought everybody there was guilty, so I was just
like, okay you’re gonna feed me a line of BS. But he had to do something to get here. QUESTION: Are you in touch
with other detainees today? I’ll talk to Ruhal, Shafiq through
Facebook and text message maybe a couple times a week, once, every
other week. And we exchange photos of the kids. I mean, just normal
conversation. I mean, since we’re past the whole awkward stage.You know we’re
just…I mean, I would say that we’re friends. QUESTION: And do you think it’s surprising
to you that you’re on Facebook with people who we used to lock up? It was funny because I
hadn’t been on Facebook long and I…I can’t…it was about the
time I was doing some research on Guantanamo and saw the whole thing
about the Tipton Three. I was like, yeah I remember those guys. And just for
kicks I put in Shafiq’s name and there it was. He just popped up with his picture.
And I said, man no way this guy’s on Facebook. So I sent him a message and we
just started talking through there. It’s just weird. You can find
everybody on Facebook now.