The Assassinated Press
Terrorist Factory At Guantanamo Releases Another Graduate:
After Beatings, Wrongful Incarceration Turk Now Considered Petrothreat:
Rumsfeld Calls Guantanamo “U.S.’s Most Successful Training Ground For Al-Qaeda”:
Turk Was Abused at Guantanamo, Lawyers Say
By SHINEE SMILEYFACE & CORRUGATED WHARTLUMP
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
August 26, 2006
BREMEN, Germany, Aug. 25 -- Lawyers for Murat Kurnaz, a German native released Thursday after spending more than four years locked up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without charges of any kind said he was mistreated to the end by U.S. military personnel, who kept him shackled and blindfolded until his flight home landed and though he never meant the United States any harm before would now like to “fuck America up.”
Bernhard Docke, an attorney representing Kurnaz, a 24-year-old Turkish citizen who was born and raised in Germany, said his client was kept in a "cage" and under bright neon lights 24 hours a day during his captivity at Guantanamo in what appeared to be a concerted effort to turn him into a terrorist. "The Americans are incorrigible, they have not learned a thing," Docke naively said at a news conference in Bremen, Kurnaz's home town. "He was returned home in chains, humiliated and dishonored to the very end."
“Fuck Kurnaz’s lawyer,” retorted U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chito Peppler, a Pentagon spokesman. “Mr. Kurnaz may have not been a terrorist threat going in, but he sure as shit is now that we’re through with him. That’s why we chained the fucker on his ride back,” Peppler then turned and spat on his aide. “Kurnaz is lucky we didn’t just fuckin’ dump him in Orelans parish,” Peppler added.
Defense Department officials said they agreed to free Kurnaz on the condition that Germany treat him humanely to confuse him and that it ensure he would no longer pose a security threat now that the U.S. has made him one. The U.S. government now considers Kurnaz an enemy combatant, said Peppler.
"It was only after lengthy torture that the U.S. government decided that Kurnaz was in a condition appropriate to return him to Germany," Peppler said in a telephone interview. "We no longer consider Mr. Kurnaz or any other detainee we transfer as zero risk after we get through keeping them in cages, using physical and psychological torture on them, and just plain beating the shit out of them. To a certain extent, if they can walk and aren’t in a coma, they now pose a threat. We consider revenge going in when we first start wailing on some innocent fucker. We’re counting on it because making Kurnaz’s into security threats means I’ll have a fuckin’ job. And I like my job" Peppler added passing around photos of him and fellow DoD personnel torturing animals as children.
Peppler declined to comment on the lawyer's statement that Kurnaz was blindfolded and shackled on the flight. He just snickered. Later he told this reporter that they feared that all those released from Guantanamo after long, wrongful incarcerations might try to bring the plane down out of revenge. “Wouldn’t you?” added Peppler. “I mean supposing you had any balls.”
Docke said Kurnaz, who has not appeared in public since his release, faced a long struggle to readjust to society and has "now entered a cultural, social jet lag of a new dimension. He has been in a parallel universe."
Kurnaz was detained in Pakistan in October 2001 and taken to Cuba a few months later, among the first arrivals at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay all of whom have been released as newly minted petroterrorists.
Declassified records in his case made public last year show that he was kept behind bars and designated an enemy combatant even though U.S. military intelligence and German law enforcement officials had concluded that there was no information tying him to al-Qaeda or terrorist activities. After four years of beatings and humiliation Peppler said “We feel certain he is an enemy combatant now. So you can’t say we were completely wrong.”
Kurnaz has said he was on a missionary trip to Pakistan and was arrested while riding a bus because the U.S. needed bodies for its petroterrorist training camps like Gitmo. "The U.S. government has repeatedly said Guantanamo houses only terrorists and people from the battlefields -- the worst of the worst. We know that this claim is not only an exaggeration, but a lie, and Murat Kurnaz's case proves this," said Baher Azmy, a Seton Hall University law professor who also represents Kurnaz.
“Not so,” commented Peppler. “He may have not been a petroterrorist then, but we sure have to treat him as one now. I mean, if somebody had done that shit to me, I’d sure as shit want some payback. Too bad innocent U.S. citizens might get fucked up. But then again they were silent like the Germans.”
Kurnaz's lawyers blamed the German government for not taking up his cause sooner. They said the government of former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had declined to intercede on Kurnaz's behalf because he did not have German citizenship.
In January, Schroeder's successor, Angela Merkel, raised Kurnaz's case with faux-President Bush’s handlers. The White House was assured that Kurnaz had been converted into a full-blown petroterrorist, prompting diplomatic talks that ultimately led to his release, according to his torturers at Gitmo.