On guard

A former Guantanamo Bay guard, Brandon Neely, joined Facebook and on a whim searched for some of the released detainees, leading to a remarkable exchange between them that is now the subject of a BBC doco. Pretty cool.

Mr Neely was 22 when he worked at the camp and left after six months to serve in Iraq. But after quitting the military his doubts about Guantanamo began to crystallise. This led to a spontaneous decision last year to reach out to his former prisoners.

“I was pretty new to Facebook and decided to type in their names to see if their profiles popped up and I came across Shafiq’s Facebook page. I decided to send him a little e-mail,” says Mr Neely.

You can read/watch what happened here.