March 28 marked the ten-year anniversary of when Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, was captured by the CIA and, along with some others like him, held in secret prison complexes organized by the United States government. Over the course of the past ten years, Abu Zubaydah was transferred from secret facility to secret facility, leaving the prisons when it seemed like those responsible for holding him were about to get caught. Throughout these ten years, he was tortured by CIA officials. His condition has deteriorated significantly as a result.
He suffers from serious mental and physical health problems and debilitating on-going pain and suffering. Publicly available records describe how prior injuries were exacerbated by his ill-treatment and by his extended isolation. As a consequence, he has permanent brain damage and physical impairment. He suffers blinding headaches, and has an excruciating sensitivity to sound. Between 2008 and 2011 alone, he experienced more than 300 seizures. At some point during his captivity, the CIA removed his left eye. His physical pain is compounded by his awareness that his mind is slipping away. He suffers partial amnesia, and has trouble remembering his family.