Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel is an 11-year inmate at Guantanamo Bay. Now, he is also a New York Times op-ed contributor.
The inmate at the military’s most infamous prison described the daily despair and degradation he and other hunger strikers suffer in an op-ed titled, “Gitmo Is Killing Me.”
“I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds,” he wrote. “I will not eat until they restore my dignity.”
The article, published late Sunday night online, drew swift criticisms from both poles of the political spectrum.
On one side, the ever-pugnacious Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian (and formerly Slate) columnist and an ardent human rights crusader, offered rare praise.
“Kudos to the NYT for publishing one of the most powerful Op-Eds ever,” he tweeted.