The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair Summary




On September 23, 2003, filmmaker Michael Tucker followed the U.S. Army on a house raid in Baghdad. Memorably, one detainee looks at the camera and says, "I am a journalist," before an American soldier takes him away. That was the last Tucker saw of the man until nearly two years later, when they were reintroduced in Amman, Jordan. This anonymous suspect finally gets a chance to speak. He is Yunis Khatayer Abbas. U.S. Army intelligence became convinced that Abbas was plotting to kill British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to Iraq--Abbas's employment by British TV in Iraq may have raised this suspicion. After his arrest, Abbas, along with his two brothers, was held at Abu Ghraib and other facilities for nine months and subjected to the full menu of U.S. interrogation techniques. Recounting his experiences of fear, pain and anger, Abbas somehow retains a sense of humor.




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