Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier's Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantánamo

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  • Title: Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier's Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantánamo
  • Author: Erik Saar Viveca Novak
  • ISBN: 9781594200663
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inside the Wire A Military Intelligence Soldier s Eyewitness Account of Life at Guant

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    1. As someone who has been assigned to Gitmo, and had interactions with the detainees in Camp Delta, I can assure you Mr. Saar is so full of himself. I bought this books in hopes that maybe he would shed some light of the stories that occurred in life "Inside the wire," but was sadly disappointed. While he does go to great details on the operations, and stories of events that happen within Camp Delta, I can assure you that there is plenty of "Fluff" to make the book sound horrible. Mr. Saar had the [...]

    2. I must firstly admit that I read this book primarily in the context of doing research for my current novel, which is themed around 9/11 and GTMO. From this perspective it was not purely pleasure reading, and I must confess it is the style and type of book I would never otherwise have touched.However, that said, I did my best to really relax into it, and was not entirely unsuccessful.The writing style was at times primitive, at times refreshingly straightforward. I suspect the co-author, a journa [...]

    3. Erik Saar spent two years studying Arabic with the US military. Motivated by his patriotism and a desire to help fight the forces of evil, he was chomping at the bit to get down to Guantanamo and put to use the knowledge he had gained. This is his description of life at Gitmo, the things he heard and saw, and the concerns that grew within him as he witnessed the America he loved and served acting in a distinctly un-American manner. The story is not only about the cruelty of the tactics used at t [...]

    4. When I first saw this book sitting on the bargain table at Barnes and Nobles, I was very interested. The cover boasted "A military intelligence soldier's eyewitness account of life at Guantanamo."I was really looking forward to an insider's account of what REALLY went on there and what the "prisoners" were like. Instead, we're treated to his account of his life there. Because so much of what goes on there is still classified, he was unable to talk about it. While there are a few parts about vari [...]

    5. Interesting read and depressing given the political state of affairs currently (12 years later) though I respect Obama for his decisions on gitmo. Found myself wanting more.

    6. Inside the Wire is a gripping portrait of one soldier's six months at the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - a powerful, searing journey into a surreal world completely unique in the American experience.In an explosive newsbreak that generated headlines all around the world, a document submitted by army Sergeant Erik Saar to the Pentagon for clearance was leaked to the Associated Press in January, 2005. His account of appalling sexual interrogation tactics used on detainees at [...]

    7. Interesting subject matter missing a great deal of evidence. After finishing this book I find myself at war with myself and the author. I agree with him that something just wasn't right and still isn't right at Gitmo, why hadn't charges been brought against these men, etc. However, I felt that he was taking the word of the prisoners a little too far. First and foremost, they are prisoners. Of course they are going to swear that they are innocent. These are people that choose to blow themselves u [...]

    8. Pretty faced paced writing. Could have done without the subtle references to the superiority of Christianity and his misunderstandings of Islam. Because he uses no names or aliases for some of the prisoners, one really has to be familiar with some of the figures imprisoned down there to get a fuller picture of who was detained. For example, one prisoner he mentions with mental issues has also been linked to the Lackawanna 6 and Yemeni operatives of al Qaida - this adds complexity to our understa [...]

    9. I have read many books regarding Guantanamo. I certainly don't feel like I got to know the detainees in any real depth like some of the other books. Nor did this soldier end up converting to Islam. However it is still a good book. In some ways the fact that he remained a Christian and admitted he could see the good and the bad points of Gitmo made it appear a less biased account. I enjoyed reading it and it certainly kept me interested. However I felt it lacked a little something. Maybe I wanted [...]

    10. I breezed through this fascinating book written by a military intelligence soldier about his experience working at Gitmo at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Erik Saar is from PA, joined the army, and became an Arabic linguist. Some of the work he did at Guantanamo was translating for interrogators who would try to get information from the "detainees" in Camp Delta. Mr.Saar was very disgusted at the un-orderliness and dishonorable ways Gitmo was run. I would only recommend this book to adults age 19+ who ar [...]

    11. Inside the Wire is truly an educational read about the military ongoings of GTMO (Guantanamo Bay). Though the writing in this book is not anything spectacular, the content is unforgettable. Saar describes everything from the mental and physical hardships soldiers stationed at GTMO must suffer, to the security, discipline, and interrogation tactics of the US government. The book skates so closely to the line of secret information that Saar is unable to even name one of the government agencies wor [...]

    12. I think this was a decent read. It's definitely not the most explosive book on the issues raised, but it is a perspective from someone who was there day in, day out, not just for the times it was prettied up for reporters etc. It was interesting the way the soldier's mindset changed from entrance to exit. Someone with very few political ideas and right wing ideas the few that he had actually sees some of the problems with certain policy's which he has supported. It's a very quick read.

    13. Written with a co-author, this is the story of a soldier who served as an Arabic interpreter in Guantanamo. The book is a bit clumsy in telling the story, but nevertheless well worth reading for an inside view of life with the prisoners. Although Saar questions why many of the prisoners are there at all, and criticizes the treatment of all of them, it is a balanced book--unlike members off the Bush administration, Saar is able to differentiate between the true bad guys and other Muslims. Saar ma [...]

    14. so this book talks about what exactly life is like for this new recruit who works as a translater for the captured. To sum it up shortly, you have two options while you are being held there: Answer the questions, and get rewarded. Fail to, concequences can be too grotesque to post on this website. However, it was a very thrilling book, not an action filled "shoot 'em up" but something far more traumatizing and life-spinning.

    15. A quick read but disturbing. Unfortunately, it confirms what I already thought about the policy of having detainees outside our laws. The potential for abuse is too high. Bravo to the author for writing it. It doesn't necessarily portray him in the best light but that somehow makes it more real. Who can say what we would have done in the same situation?

    16. Pretty good book--I have to say some parts of it made me not able to put it down! but the rest wasn't at all boring, it was very interesting. Interesting, but not necessarily a page-turner. I mean, let's face it, it's not fiction :) Very interesting take on what really goes on at that prison, and solidifies my belief that the government really screws things up sometimes :)

    17. For anyone who has ever wondered what we're up against in the War on Terror, or for those who wonder what Guantanamo Bay is like, this is the book for you. This is a book that every American should read. It's one officer's experiences in Guantanamo Bay and it's spine chilling and educational all at the same time.

    18. I wish I could have known what he saw/heard! Too bad for "classified". A lot of it seemed to be written by his co-author but still a personal acocunt of his experience at Gitmo. Didn't gain a lot from the book as the stories and exposes of the camps have been leaked by stronger investigative writers than this author.

    19. BLUF: If you do not work in the Army, and you want to know the dirt, this is a book for you. It offers the inside (shitty and ongoing) tale of Guantanamo. If I wasn't in the Army, the rating would be higher.If your in the Army, imagine the same Army friction and grit but in a role @ Cuba; no need for you to read this book.

    20. I enjoyed it. Nice having someone who came in with little knowledge on the situation and seeing how it shaped their view. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning about guantanamo bay.

    21. Disturbing parts. Not highly reco, but some people may like it. It seems to have an authenticity, but lacks a humble spirit most military men have.

    22. This book was very eye opening. The experience shared by this soldier was both shocking and horrifying. Can't say I was surprised by some of the interrogation techniques used.

    23. Not bad. Interesting view of Guantanamo from an American Arab translator. A little dry but an insider's view of the prison and its inhabitants makes it a pretty cool book to read.

    24. Im am not to big into real life storys but this one was a shockers for me. Its about an eyewitness soldiers that lived through Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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