The US has desecrated the Quran on a number of occasions. The reason for the first hunger strike in Camp X-ray, which involved about 75% of the detainees was over a guard who kicked the Quran onto the floor from its perch hanging on the side of the cage. Numerous hunger strikes in Camp Delta were over another guard who threw it into the toilet. When searching our cages the guards would sometimes throw the Quran onto the floor. During interrogation, an interrogator jumped up and down on the Quran and taunted a prisoner. In Afghanistan, in the American concentration camps, a Quran was thrown in a waste bucket by a guard. I recall one occasion in Guantanamo where I and some of the brothers from Tipton were hosed down with an industrial-strength hose in our case; the soldiers targeted the Quran and went from cell to cell, down the block, hosing everyone and everything. I think the Tipton brothers will remember the guardâ€™s name. They (the US officials) don't just desecrate the Quran but act arrogant with it. There are numerous other occasions that the other ex-prisoners can confirm.
Jamal Al Harith
15th May 2005