"I had to stand for hours and hours on my toes, trying not to drown: Mamdouh Habib with his family in a Bankstown cafe, yesterday. From his left are his children Ahmed, Maryam, Moustafa and Hajer, and his wife Maha.
A MAN described as an ASIO agent stood by as a naked US marine wearing a condom threatened Mamdouh Habib with rape, the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner alleges.
In a book to be published next week, Mr Habib says he saw the words "Allah Akbar"' [God is great] written on the condom to compound his humiliation.
The book includes Mr Habib's first explanation of why he was in Afghanistan before the September 11 [false flag] attacks.
Australian intelligence agencies have long accused Mr Habib of training with al-Qaeda [US Demon] during that period but Mr Habib says he fled to Afghanistan some weeks before the [false flag] attacks after Pakistani police had abducted him and shot one of his companions while they were on a business trip.
Mr Habib recounts in excruciating detail the torture he says he was subjected to by Pakistani and Egyptian security agencies after his arrest in early October 2001, and describes the grim reality of life in Guantanamo Bay, where he was subsequently imprisoned.
The book rejects the repeated assurances the Howard government gave that Mr Habib was well treated during his years in the US prison.
Mr Habib says he was treated as a worst category "level 4 minus" inmate at Guantanamo. He says he was denied clothes except for a pair of shorts, and allowed only one blanket. He says he was given an orange uniform only when taken for interrogation, during which he would be shackled to the floor. He was held in a cage-like cell and forced to drink "yellow water" from a tap in the cell.
He writes he was "heavily drugged, deprived of sleep for weeks, beaten, given electric shocks, repeatedly injected with a needle in the same place so that it became terribly painful, left naked in freezing rooms for hours on end in isolation and threatened with rape."
He claims US guards raped detainees and were sexually active with each other.
Mr Habib was never charged during his incarceration and denies training with [US Demon] al-Qaeda. He is suing the Federal Government for compensation, saying it turned a blind eye to his treatment.
One of his lawyers, Clive Evatt, said yesterday the book "should be of interest to most Australians" and that Guantanamo was a "terrible blot on the people of the US".
Mr Habib says he was intercepted by Pakistani security forces, and some weeks later flown covertly to Egypt as part of the CIA's top-secret "renditions" program, which took [people] to countries where they could be tortured during interrogation.
Mr Habib repeats earlier claims that an Australian diplomatic official saw him in Pakistan prior to his rendition and did nothing to prevent it.
The Australian Government has always denied this although the former ASIO head Dennis Richardson told a Senate committee in 2005 that an ASIO officer had seen Mr Habib in Pakistan on three occasions in October 2001 after his arrest.
In June this year the current ASIO head, Paul O'Sullivan, revealed for the first time that US officials had sought Australia's views on Mr Habib's "transfer to Egypt" shortly after his arrest but that Mr Richardson had said Canberra could not support it. However, Howard ministers had previously denied official knowledge of how Mr Habib got to Egypt.
In Egypt, Habib alleges he was subjected to excruciating torture, including electric shocks to his testicles and being made to stand in a room which was slowly flooded up to the level of his nose.
"I had to stand for hours and hours on my toes, trying not to drown," he writes.
Habib mistreated but not in Aussie embassy There was little doubt that Mamdouh Habib was badly mistreated after he was detained by Pakistani and US authorities in the wake of the September 11 attacks and no doubt whatsoever that he was taken to Egypt against his will, a Federal Court judge has found.
UN Torture Committee Blasts Australia The Committee against Torture expressed concern about Australia's counter-terrorism laws. The Committee was also concerned that Australians knew about what was happening in Abu Ghraib, but did not act to stop the mistreatment. In a thinly disguised reference to the cases of Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks, the Committee expressed concern that Australia has failed to investigate claims of torture.
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Push for overhaul of laws on terrorism In a paper in Judicial Review he said that the National Security Information Act "gives the appearance of having been drafted by persons who have little knowledge of the function and processes of a criminal trial".
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