Americans Emerge After Months In Gadhafi’s Prisons
“I’m taking pictures of smiling people one minute, and next thing I know, I wake up in a cell, there’s a man being tortured in the room above me. I could hear it,” VanDyke recalled. “And no memory — some flashes came back later of the ambush and being transported — except no real memory of what happened.”
VanDyke vanished into Gadhafi’s state security system like so many others. For months, Libyan officials denied they were even holding him. And except for the time he was moved from one prison to another, he was kept in solitary confinement.
“I never encountered any other prisoners,” he said. “I thought I heard a few violent interrogations at night, which made me think they were going to come and get me. So I prepared myself for getting tortured.”