Finished reading Five Years of my Life in Guantanamo by Murat Kurnaz He s a Turkish student born in Germany who ot sent to Guantanamo Bay for no reasonWhat happened Bush began war on terrorism Fed s Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover gave 5000 bribes to Pakistanis to find terrorists so they turned in their neighbors the doctor who they owed bills to and lots of Islamic students some aged 13 What sood about the book is this Turk is a writer with compassion and a Caught on Camera with the CEO great sense of the absurd He describes the camps in detail all the torture techniues like waterboarding breaking of arms legs and dismemberment denying sleep food water and air and constant interrogations of prisoners chained inside tiny metal cagesActually the German Special Forces visited and were really impressed by the level of torture they presented the US commanders with their newest sub machineun All in the background FREEDOM placards McDonalds and the Star Spangled Banner playingSo why was he released In 2006 Supreme Court judge declared the Military Tribunals unconsitutional 2 lawyers Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, got personally involved filing a writ of habeas corpus and managed toet security clearance to represent Mr Kunaz After 2 years of trying they appealed to the new woman chancellor of Germany who personally asked Mr Bush to helpAfter months of negotiation he was released This book is devastating and I wonder if anyone who isn t already convinced that Guantanamo should have been closed long ago will read it The very sky is stolen from Kurnaz the passage where he writes of this loss is particularly moving who was known to be innocent in 2002 and continued to waste away in Guantanamo for four years It does not have the literary uality of Night by Wiesel for example hence the four stars rather than five but it is an important book and that Kurnaz survives at all is a testament to his spirit and faith I m sure some readers will doubt the many instances of torture that he recounts but with all the many revelations that our highest members of Arabian Nights government were involved in setting the rules for harsh interrogation tactics I see little reason to doubt him Regardless even if he had been treated with constant kindness he was imprisoned for five years without due process of law and known to be innocent for four of those and it is unbearable I used to wonder how Americans in the 40 s could bear the internment of Japanese Americans the turning back of boatloads of Jewish people to extinction in Germany the racism directed against American soldiers of color but now I understand the feeling of powerlessness that must haveripped so many dismayed by wrongs done by their own Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place government If you read this book and it moves you consider joining Amnesty International s fight to close Guantanamo I wish I knew of that could be done Still in the midst of all the suffering Kurnaz thinks always of the other people around him saves scraps of bread to feed the birds and lizards and indulges in a thousand other small kindnesses that are a testament to theoodness and humanity that can be present anywhere This was as might be expected a difficult book to read I feel however that it is important for those of us who can do things like vote in US presidential elections to understand the full measure of atrocities. In October 2001 nineteen year old Murat Kurnaz traveled to Pakistan to visit a madrassa During a security check a few weeks after his arrival he was arrested without explanation and for a bounty of 3000 the Pakistani police sold him to US forces He was first taken to Kandahar.
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Hoosing regardless of justification Five Years of My Life has a few Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss glitches here and there with how the book was arranged and minor editing choices I found awkward at times but the overall book is a uick and engaging read It feels as though you are sitting down with Murat in a casual conversation There are no passages of data or thoughts of conspiracy Not hatred aimed at America as a whole This is a man who simply wanted to share his story as a human being subjected to horrible timesThe most unfortunate thing about this book is that many will not read it Many will choose to ignore the horrors the Americanovernment inflicts upon others while keeping it under wraps Endless torture accomplishes nothing except the debasement of humanity If I had to be honest I don t know that I d be able to endure the treatment Murat was subjected to As I read through his recollections of solitary confinement beatings torture and exhaustion all I could think was that even I as a born and raised white male American would have broken down and confessed to anything the officials in Guantanamo had asked me to whether it was true or not Prior to reading this book I had reread Orwell s 1984 The similarities between O Brian s torture and breakdown of Winston are eerie to say the least Has fiction finally started turning to reality Have we Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, got the humanity in us to turn things around As a seasoned human rights activist i have read and reread report after report about the violations of human rights of individuals and haverown used to it However after reading Mr Kuranz s account of his 5 imprisonment i am absolutely stunned I am stunned at how cruel one human being can be to another In this case the US soldiers who acted as mr Kurnaz s captors As familar i am with things like the Universal Declaration of human rights the Always You geneva convention rules of engagement and the army field manual asuidelines for conduct in conflicts The things tthe US Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, government did to him This book just left me stunned scarred devastated and depressed It s really hard not to develop anti American sentiments after reading it For a country that takesreat pride in its justice system and calls itself the flag bearer of humanitarianism this book is truly a slap on its hypocritical face What s sickening is that even to this day there are many Americans who favor and fully support the activities which take place at Guantanamo bay This is just one account of an innocent man who had to bear all that torment Lord knows how many Murats will end up sharing a similar fate This washorrific A truly eye opening account of one of the darkest times in US history Read for academic purposes Murat Kurnaz is a Mulsim from Germany with Turkish decent He happened to be in Pakistan studying Islan when the US went to war with Afkanistan The Pakistanis picked him up and delivered him to the US military for 3000 He was innocent but still was held in Kandahar and Guantanamo in both places he was tortured In fact the torture techniues reminded me of those in How to Catch a Vampire that was frightning The torture was by our own country I did wonder if all this coupld be true My five stars is based on Murat being truthful If it comes out he lied I would Lucy Carmichael give the book 3 stars. In August 2006 Kurnaz was released with acknowledgment of his innocence Told with lucidity accuracy and wisdom Kurnaz's story is both sobering and poignant an important testimony about our turbulent times when innocent peopleet caught in the crossfire of the war on terroris.
Committed against fellow human beings in the name of our national security and freedom I was astonished at the level of cruelty this man endured especially for him to come out the other side with honor dignity and a sense of self intact Part of me hopes those who are still enduring such despicable treatment in Cuba are as religious as Mr Kurnaz Faith in God can easy to read tough to hear I first learned of this account whilst watching an interview with John Le Carre who based his book A most wanted man on Murat s case Le Carre is the master of cold war spy literature Indeed what happened to Murat is a result of corrupt US hegemony in the cold war aftermathMurat a twenty year old Turkish citizen and a legal resident in Germany decided to travel to Pakistan to study the Koran He was traveling on a bus when he was taken by the police thrown in jail and sold to the Americans It transpired that the US military and intelligence agents relied on corrupt informants who were raking in American dollars He is eventually flown to Guantanamo bay and interred in camp X ray aptly named due to the open plan system of cages that provide I hoped like many other lawyers involved in defending Guantanamo detainees to vindicate a principle that there should be no prison beyond the law Baher Azmy lawyer for Murat Kurnaz The US compound in Guantanamo has for the most part been shrouded in secrecy Until the exposure of torture practices during the Bush administration following the September 11th attacks I had unfortunately not Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti given much thought to such a place Over the passing years with reports surfacing about the treatment of detainees Obama s broken promise to close Guantanamo and the ongoing incarceration of detainees without trials my interest and disgust has builtAfter the war in Vietnam former American POWs spoke of the horrors they endured while imprisoned behind enemy lines There are those veterans among us who still suffer the mental anguish and nightmares from those days in Vietnam I ve heard them screaming out windows of the local VA hospital How then can we as a nation not be disgusted at the fact that our ownovernment is inflicting the same torturous and unjust practices on perceived enemy combatants We do not stand for our own being tortured but we turn a blind eye to the torture of those who are not like us Hypocrisy and doublethinkMurat Kurnaz outlines his five years of being detained unlawfully and without evidence within Guantanamo The horrors he describes torture endless interrogations cruel soldiers humiliation malnutrition sound along the lines of brutal concentration camps than the description of an American detention center He speaks simply and honestly about his time there exposing the reader to his inner thoughts and uestions his compassion for other detainees some in their early teens and another man who is in his early 90s and his everlasting hope of release kept alive by his religious faith Even if half of what Murat describes within the pages of Five Years of My Life is true it should be enough to turn the stomachs of any human being American or otherwise This nation was built on principles of euality and fairness yet our overnment sees fit to deny these principles to anyone of their Afghanistan where he was severely mistreated and then two months later he was flown to Guantanamo as Prisoner #61 For than 1600 days he was tortured and lived through hell He was kept in a cage and endured daily interrogations solitary confinement and sleep deprivation Finally.
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Murat Kurnaz is a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany who was wrongly held in extrajudicial detention by the United States at its military base in Kandahar Afghanistan and in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp Cuba for five yearsOfficials of the United States and Germany had largely concluded in early 2002 that the accusations against Kurnaz were groundless but he was detained for fiv