In 2001, Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Ruhal Ahmed from Birmingham, England, went to a wedding in Pakistan. During their travels, they also ended up in Afghanistan, and were caught in the chaos of the US invasion. Despite zero ties to Al Qaeda or the Taliban, they were detained by US forces, and sent to Guantanamo Bay for three years.
In 2005, director Michael Winterbottom made a film about these men, a mixture of documentary and recreation, called The Road to Guantánamo.
Last week, Winterbottom, the three former detainees, and the actors who portrayed them in the film all went to Berlin to screen the film at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won a “best director” award.
And upon returning to the UK, the three former detainees and their actor counterparts were all arrested by British police and interogated under the “Prevention of Terrorism Act”.
Unfortunately, we’ve only got one source for this story; Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and current anti-torture crusader, spoke with witnesses to the arrests and re-told their story on his website.
Not only are we capturing and interrogating innocent people in the effort to thwart terrorism, we are now also capturing and interrogating actors portraying those same innocent people. Maybe next month the UK can start rounding up people and questioning people who watched the movie. Then we could all feel safe again.
[via Politics in the Zeros]
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