International Police State July 9, 2007Posted by Andreas in Politics, rant, Society.
Below are some extracts from a story by Lou Dubose, which appeared in The Washington Spectator (find the full text here).
Fifteen American Soldiers watched over a man, shackled to a seat in the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster […]. Wearing goggles that shut out all light, a soundproof headset and a mask that covered his mouth so he could not speak, spit or bite, the prisoner arrived at Ramstein Air Force Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, under the tightest security. […] During the seventeen-hour ride, the prisoner was provided with neither food nor water. Nor was he allowed to stretch his legs or relieve himself.
This was how what had been the world’s greatest democracy when George W. Bush took the presidential oath in 2001 [sic!!] repatriated an innocent man who’d never represented a security threat to the United States. Murat Kurnaz was nineteen when he was taken off a bus in Peshawar, Pakistan. […]
Kurnaz was twenty-four and had been the last European held at the American prison camp in Cuba when the Globemaster touched down in Kaiserslautern in August 2006. […]
“He was dumped on German soil like some sort of alien,” said Bernhard Docke, one of Kurnaz’s attorneys […].
[German-born Kurnaz has written a book:] Fünf Jahre meines Lebens: Ein Bericht aus Guantánamo (Five Years of My Life: A Report from Guantánamo), is a straightforward account of his rendition, torture, detention and interrogation by American forces–torture that continued in Guantánamo.
“In Kandahar,” he said, “they hanged me by my hands.”
“The beatings began as soon as I was turned over to the Americans,” Kurnaz said.
In [a] prison camp in Kandahar, Kurnaz said, he was hoisted on chains and was forced to hang by his hands while he was being interrogated. He was left hanging for “hours and days” after the interrogators left. An American physician in camouflage would come and check his vital signs to determine if he could withstand more enhanced interrogation.
Kurnaz said he was also subjected to waterboarding and electric shock. And that beatings were routine and constant. He theorizes that much of the torture was a result of the failure of the American soldiers and agents to capture any real terrorists in the initial sweeps. (He was told that he was sold to the Americans for $3,000 by Pakistani police, who identified him as a terrorist.) “They didn’t have any big fish. And they thought that by torture they could get one of us to say something. ‘I know Osama’ or something like that. Then they could say they had a big fish.”
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