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Exonerated but helpless: 4 years at Guantanamo Bay

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I post dozens of newsbits at Clipmarks. This one brought a comment that I wanted you to see. First, the clip:

clipped from www.democracynow.org
Newly-revealed documents show the U.S. held a German prisoner at Guantanamo Bay despite privately acknowledging his innocence just months after his capture. Murat Kurnaz was kidnapped and handed over to U.S. forces in Pakistan in December 2001. Four weeks later he became one of the first prisoners to arrive at Guantanamo—where he would spend the next four years. Declassified documents show U.S. and German intelligence officials concluded he had no links to terrorism as early as September 2002. A newly-formed military tribunal finally took up his case in 2004. But the panel ignored the intelligence assessments and twice ordered his ongoing imprisonment. During this time Kurnaz says he suffered severe torture. He says he was beaten, given electric shocks, submerged in water, starved, and chained to a ceiling for days. Kurnaz says he saw several people die and often thought he would die himself. He was finally released in August 2006—nearly five years after his capture.

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Gitmoljsdesign just killed me with this comment:

What gets me is those people who are willing to turn a blind eye. It’s the only way, it’s for the greater good, we’re just protecting ourselves. The ends justify the means.

We will ALL have to account for this. One day our children will come to us and ask “why did this happen? How could we have done these things? How could you allow it to happen?”

What explanation could we ever give them that would justify it. How would we explain away our own responsibility for why we let it happen and let it continue?

Ah, that’s the awful truth about governments: They do it because we let them do it.

Raise your voice, won’t you?


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Written by Monte

December 6, 2007 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Iraq, News, Terrorism

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  1. Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking, what a monster our government (and it IS of the people, by the people, for the people) has become. This is what fear does to us.

    Yes, please, let us all raise our voices.

    Monte Says: I just read a story of a CIA fellow who led a team that conducted waterboardings while the President was insisting “we don’t torture”. Heartbreaking is the word for it – that a human being would do this to another, that a government would require it, even that the perps would have to live the rest of their lives knowing what they did – words fail me. Here’s the clip, if you’re interested: Ex-CIA rep: We Tortured Because White House Told Us To.

    honestpoet

    December 12, 2007 at 12:26 pm


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