In May 2015 NEWTEKWORLDNEWS reported 'Shaker Aamer 13 years a prisoner without trial or charges.'
In that report we said "Shaker Aamer is the last British man held at the USAs infamous Guantanamo Bay prison and his freedom remains a distant hope. Cleared for release in 2007 there were hopes he may be released in June.
Mr Aamer is a Saudi national who arrived in the UK in 1996 and was given permission to remain in the UK indefinitely. That was of course prior 9/11.
For almost 14 years his family have remained in the UK but he has been a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, the infamous US 'terrorist' prison also known as Gitmo.
He was arrested in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2001, and was "rendered to Guantánamo on 14 February 2002". There he remains without trial; no charges brought against him.
In 2012 we reported "Calling him a prisoner sort of implies a trial, verdict and sentence or at least the promise of a trial. Yet here we are all those years later with no such legal action forthcoming. There have been online efforts for some time aimed at freeing this man. The latest news today is that he is to sue the UK for defamation of character. He joins a long line of foreign nationals who have sued the UK. Only yesterday we reported on a rendition case which cost the UK £2.2mil in damages but cost the individual a great deal more. The legal action that is to be launched will include recently declassified information. It will be launched today, Friday, December 14, 2012"."
Early this year it was noted:
In the final analysis whether President Obama has the will to close Gitmo or not the decision may not be his to make.
If that is the case it opens a real can of worms.
Guantanamo will follow and haunt President Obama just as the Iraq War follows Tony Blair in the UK and will leave a dark stain on any political legacy.
At our archived website:
Omar Khadr Repatriated to Canada
Guantanamo death named as Adnan Farhan Abdul al Latif
Kuwaiti detainee released from Guantanamo, America's shame
America releases four Guantanamo Bay detainees
NYTimes 2013 - The Guantánamo Stain
Mr Aamer denies this saying he was engaged in charity work."
What will be shocking to many, if proved correct, is the accusation that British intelligence, that is MI5 and MI6 personnel, supplied knowingly false information to the US authorities.
Whilst being held in Afghanistan Mr Aamer was allegedly "subjected to cold water treatment, hog tying [and] sleep deprivation". There are also allegations of brutality carried out in the presence of British Intelligence officers. You can read more about the allegations at the BBC here.
Campaigners have worked hard to free Mr Aamer; some celebrities joined the campaign undertaking hunger strikes in support.
But although Mr Aamer was cleared for release by President Bush in 2007 and President Obama in 2009 he remains a prisoner. Obama has pushed to close Gitmo and many prisoners have been released but Guantanamo Bay remains an ingrained stain on US history and situating it away from mainland America changes nothing.
Mr Aamer's children pictured in the image above are now grown.
If you ever wonder why there is so much hate directed against the west consider Gitmo and the plight of Mr Aamer.
On 17 March 2015, MPs debated a backbench motion calling for the release of Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer-check the footage here to see how few MPs participated