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Reaction To Khans Report

Question: What was the official reaction to your piece in the Washington Post?

Mahvish Khan: When I first wrote about my experiences at Guantanamo following my first visit and meeting the old man and Haji, and Dr. Ali Shah, I wrote about it in the Washington Post for an op ed and I was banned from the base for several months I believe because I acted as a journalist. They said it was because I violated base rules even though I’d combed over every possible rule, and I published a photograph of a soldier and they said that that was sufficient reason to ban me. I think it was because it generated a lot of negative publicity and exposed who really was at the detention facility.

 

 

Recorded on: 7/17/08

 

 

 

Mahvish Khan was banned from Guantanamo for several months though she violated no DOD rules.

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