Yaser Esam Hamdi
(born September 26, 1980) is a former American citizen
who was captured in Afghanistan
in 2001. It is claimed by the U.S. government that he was fighting against U.S. and Afghan Northern Alliance
forces with the Taliban
. He was named by the Bush administration
as an "illegal enemy combatant
", and detained for almost three years without receiving any charges.
He was initially detained at Camp X-Ray
at Guantanamo Bay
, and was later transferred to military jails in Virginia
and South Carolina
after it became known that he was a U.S. citizen
Critics of his imprisonment claimed his civil rights
were violated and that he was denied due process of law under the U.S. Constitution
, including imprisonment without formal charges and denial
of legal representation.
On June 28, 2004, in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
, the United States Supreme Court
rejected the U.S. government's attempts to detain Hamdi indefinitely without trial.
On September 23, 2004, the United States Justice Department
released Hamdi to Saudi Arabia
on the condition that he give up his U.S. citizenship
According to his birth certificate, Hamdi was born to Saudi Arabian
parents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
, on September 26, 1980.As a child, he left the U.S.
with his parents to live in Saudi Arabia
.According to the Charleston Post and Courier
Hamdi ran away from home and trained at a Taliban... Read More