War Crimes

MoreGITMO torture allegations.

A German-born Turk, who was held for four years in the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, has alleged systematic torture in the hands of the US military, from beatings to being chained to a ceiling for days.

Murat Kurnaz, 24, who was released in August because of lack of evidence he was involved in terrorist activities, said he endured “many types of torture — from electric shocks to having one’s head submerged in water, (subjection to) hunger and thirst, or being shackled and suspended.”

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“They tell you “you are from Al Qaed”‘ and when you say “no” they give the (electric) current to your feet… As you keep saying ‘no’ this goes on for two or three hours,” he said, adding he had several times lost consciousness.

He claimed he was once shackled to a ceiling for “four or five days”.

“They take you down in the mornings when a doctor comes to see whether you can endure more,” he said. “They let you sit when the interrogator comes… They take you down about three times a day so you do not die.”

Kurnaz also alleged prisoners were locked up in cells into which frigid or hot air was pumped.

“I saw several people die,” he said. “Sometimes I thought I could no longer stand it and would also die.”

He claimed he was once left without food for 20 days and spoke of psychological abuse, including “religious insults” such as the Quran being kicked on the ground.

3 thoughts on “War Crimes

  1. “They take you down in the mornings when a doctor comes to see whether you can endure more,” he said. “They let you sit when the interrogator comes… They take you down about three times a day so you do not die.”
    I fucking will never forgive American doctors or the AMA for this. Never.
    I am so fucking sick of doctors acting like their shit doesn’t stink and they shouldn’t be subject to questioning over their mistakes and they aid torturers. Fuck the AMA, fuck American doctors for not standing up and saying something about this.
    Fucking fuckity fuck fuck fuck you American Medical Association – change your name to the American Mengele Association, you immoral sons of bitches.
    Tena

  2. Is there any way to present information on these so-called doctors to their respective licensing boards? (Unfortunately, I’m guessing that the docs involved are military docs whcih are licensed by the military and not by the states – so there may be no way to bring them up on ethics violations).
    Baring that, a media campaign on military docs along the lines of “Dr. X participated in torturing innocent civilians, some to the point of death. As a military dependent, is this the quality of care you want for your family?”
    To state the obvious – death is permanent, easy to determine (either you are or aren’t – not a lot of grey zone), the ultimate organ failure – therefore clearly torture even by the Chenney Rumsfeld definition.

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