Majid Khan
Majid Khan
For the Pakistani cricketer, see Majid Khan. Majid Khan is the only legal resident of the United States who is held in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps. He was detained after returning to his native Pakistan to visit his wife and was captured by Pakistani authorities who then handed him over the CIA. Iyman Faris told authorities that Khan had referred to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as an "uncle" and spoken of a desire to kill then president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.
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    FORTIES
  • 2014
    The Senate Intelligence Committee's C.I.A. Torture Report, released December 9, 2014, revealed that Khan was one of the detainees subjected to "rectal feeding", which his lawyers described as a form of rape, as part of his ″torture regime″ at the black site prison.
    More Details Hide Details Khan's "lunch tray", consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins was pureed and rectally infused," says the report.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    On August 1, 2008, Dixon filed a "Motion for Order directing the Court Security Office to file supplemental status report".
    More Details Hide Details He wrote that a DTA appeal had been initiated on Khan's behalf. His motion said that in contrast to other captives' DTA appeals, the Department of Justice was not agreeing to allow expculpatory information prepared for his DTA appeal to be made available for use on his habeas petition. Khan is the first of the 14 high value detainees to have been able to get mail to his relatives. The Washington Post reports that four letters from Khan have been received, three to his relatives in Maryland, and one to his wife. The letters were delivered to his family through the International Committee of the Red Cross. Its contact with detainees is contingent on the agency's promise not to publicly disclose any information received during the meetings, which is its standard process. Khan's letter to his wife was written in Urdu, and was published on the BBC's Urdu web site. Khan's Maryland relatives have also decided to make the letters public to bring more attention to his case. These letters, written on December 17, 2007, and December 21, 2007, were made public on January 18, 2008. The letters were filed as part of a petition in the Washington DC Federal Court of Appeal. The petition asks the court "to rule that he was tortured in U.S. custody." According to The Washington Post, Khan's letters were heavily redacted by military censors.
    On March 13, 2008, the CIA released highly redacted documents from a Combatant Status Review Tribunal in which Khan describes abuse and torture he suffered in CIA custody.
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  • 2007
    The CCR attorneys Dixon Wells and Gita S. Gutierrez released some of their declassified notes from their conversations with Majid Khan in November 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They included the following: A petition of habeas corpus was filed on Khan's behalf on September 29, 2006. On July 22, 2008, J. Wells Dixon, Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, Shayana D. Kadidal, of the Center for Constitutional Rights, filed a "petitioner's status report" on behalf of Majid Khan, in Civil Action No. 06-1690, Majid Khan v. George W. Bush.
    In December 2007, a Federal appeals court in Washington DC ordered the Department of Defense to preserve evidence in Khan's case. The motion predated reporting that, contrary to earlier claims by the government, the CIA had taped the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abdul Al Nashiri, including their waterboarding in 2002, and destroyed those tapes.
    More Details Hide Details A court order of late 2005 had ordered the government not to destroy such evidence. In an e-mail to The Washington Post Wells Dixon, one of Khan's lawyers, wrote: The CIA denied that it had tortured Khan or any other captive. Dixon said: The Baltimore Sun quoted a CIA spokesman, George Little, who repeated that the CIA stood by its assertion that it had stopped videotaping captives' interrogations in 2002. But Khan's lawyers said their client's interrogations had been taped more recently than that. A motion filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights was declassified in redacted form in December 2007. This motion aims for the Court of Appeals to declare that interrogation methods used against Majid Khan by the CIA "constitute torture and other forms of impermissible coercion." The government's response to the motion was due to the court on December 20, 2009.
    On October 15, 2007, Gitanjali Gutierrez, a CCR attorney, wrote about her pending first meeting with Majid Khan.
    More Details Hide Details Khan was the first of the "high value detainees" to meet with a lawyer.
    According to Department of Defense spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon, Khan's Tribunal concluded April 15, 2007.
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    Ali Khan made the affidavit on April 6, 2007, when the family confirmed they would not be allowed to testify in person.
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    According to the press release, Khan's Tribunal was scheduled to start on April 10, 2007, and to finish by April 13, 2007.
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    On April 16, 2007, the Center for Constitutional Rights released an affidavit from Majid Khan's father, Ali Khan, and an accompanying press release.
    More Details Hide Details The Press Release quoted from Ali Khan's affidavit, which stated: In addition, the press release stated: The press release quoted his brother Mohammed: The press release quoted from Gitanjali Gutierrez, Khan's lawyer:
    Khan is one of 16 Guantanamo captives whose amalgamated habeas corpus submissions were heard by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton on January 31, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Walton ruled that the cases be administratively closed (or stayed) until the District of Columbia Circuit resolves the issue of jurisdiction. Pakistan's International News reported Khan's wife's lawyer told the Sindh High Court that she was not informed that Khan was in U.S. custody for the first three years after he disappeared. Detainees at Guantanamo Bay are determined to be "enemy combatants" or "non-enemy combatants" during what are known as Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs). Many critics have pointed out the flaws of the process, including: Majid Khan chose to attend his Tribunal. The verbatim transcript from the unclassified sessions of Majid Khan's Tribunal is 39 pages long.
  • 2006
    In September 2006, Uzair Paracha, the son of Saifullah Paracha, another Guantanamo detainee, was tried and convicted of terrorism charges in a U.S. court.
    More Details Hide Details Paracha had requested Majid Khan as a witness. The U.S. government declined to produce him, although he was in U.S. custody.
    On November 4, 2006, the Justice Department said that Khan should not be allowed to speak to an attorney because he might "reveal the agency's closely guarded interrogation techniques".
    More Details Hide Details James Friedman, a professor at the Maine School of Law, wrote that the Bush administration is arguing that Khan, and the other high-value detainees held in the Black Sites, should be gagged from talking about the interrogation techniques they were exposed to, even when talking privately to their own lawyers. Friedman pointed out, "His combatant status was never reviewed as required by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004) nor as outlined in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005." According to an article by Christopher Brauchli:
    The Center for Constitutional Rights argued against the government's efforts to deny CCR attorneys access to Khan in a response brief filed November 3, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In the brief, CCR argued that efforts by the Bush administration to deny Khan access to counsel, "ignores the Court's historical function under Article III of the Constitution to exercise its independent judgment," and is using its classification authority to hide illegal conduct when the court has sufficient tools to prevent disclosure of sensitive classified information.
    Rabia Khan and the rest of his family heard nothing of his whereabouts for three years. In September 2006, President George W. Bush announced that Khan, along with 13 other so-called "high value detainees", had been transferred from secret CIA prisons to military custody at Guantánamo Bay detention camp to await prosecution under the new military tribunal system authorized by the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Khan was the first of the fourteen high-value detainees to challenge his detention in court. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the habeas corpus challenge on October 5, 2006 — before President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.
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  • 2003
    Khan returned to Pakistan on March 5, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He, his brother Mohammed, and other relatives were arrested at their residence in Karachi by Pakistani security agents and taken into custody. Khan and his family were taken to an unknown location. After about a month, the entire family, with the exception of Khan, was released.
  • 2002
    In 2002, Khan returned to Pakistan, where he married 18-year-old Rabia Yaqoub.
    More Details Hide Details According to Deborah Scroggins, author of Wanted Women, Khan had become more religious, after his mother's death, and had asked his aunt to help him find a wife who was also a religious scholar. Rabia was one of his aunt's students. He returned to the United States for a short period to continue his work as a database administrator in a Maryland government office. He claims that he helped the FBI investigate and arrest an illegal immigrant from Pakistan during this time. On December 25, 2002, Aafia Siddiqui made a trip from Pakistan to the U.S., saying that she was looking for a job. She left the U.S. on January 2, 2003. The FBI suspects that the real purpose of her trip was to open a P.O. box for Khan. Siddiqui registered Khan as co-owner of the box, claiming he was her husband. The key to the box was later found held by Uzair Paracha, who was convicted of providing material support to al-Qaeda, and sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in 2006. Siddiqui's ex-husband has said he was suspicious of Siddiqui's intentions, as she made her trip at a time when U.S. universities are closed.
  • 2001
    According to officials, these family members introduced Khan to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the man accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001 attacks.
    More Details Hide Details Allegedly Mohammed later enlisted Khan in helping to support and plan terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israel. Government officials assert that Khan, under KSM's tutelage, was being trained to blow up gas stations and poison water reservoirs, and that he plotted to assassinate Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. Khan's job at the family gas station played a role in the suspicions of U.S. intelligence analysts that he was part of a plot to blow up parts of the U.S. petroleum infrastructure. The U.S. government contends that Khan was aware that his visit to family in Pakistan in 2002 violated the terms of his asylum granted in 1998. Khan's attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights insist that he was tortured, subjected to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, and coerced into making false and unreliable confessions.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    He was granted asylum in the U.S. in 1998, and graduated the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Khan was an active member in the Muslim community, volunteering to teach computer classes for youth at the Islamic Society of Baltimore and attending Jumah services at his local mosque, a mile away from his family home.
    Khan gained asylum in the United States in 1998 and was a legal resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he had attended high school and worked for his father.
    More Details Hide Details Khan has made repeated offers to submit to a polygraph test to prove his innocence, but been denied. The Director of National Intelligence has asserted that Khan's experience working in his father's gas station " made Khan highly qualified to assist Mohammad with the research and planning to blow up gas stations." Khan is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and is one of few so-called "high value detainees" to have legal representation. While in Guantanamo, he has twice attempted suicide. He has complained in writing of having his beard forcibly shaved (in violation of his religious practice) and spending weeks without sunlight; he also has complained that detainees are expected to wash with "cheap branded, unscented soap", and that he is forced to read the "poor quality" Joint Task Force Guantanamo's weekly newsletter The Wire. Khaled el-Masri, a citizen of Germany held for five months in the CIA black site in Afghanistan known as the "Salt Pit" in 2003 and 2004, a victim of mistaken identity, has reported that Majid Khan was one of his fellow captives there.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born on February 28, 1980.
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