October 7th, 2006
We NEED to give the President unlimited power to detain people indefinitely without charge, because we all know that our government never makes mistakes. Right?
Oh, except in the case of this guy, who was thrown into Gitmo for the crime of... Visiting Pakistan in late 2001 on a vacation. They kept him imprisoned for 5 years, ages 19 to 24. Those are big years, and he's never, ever going to get them back. The Bush administration, and all the stupid shills who support unlimited power for them, have made sure of that.
Murat Kurnaz once had a "normal" life too. He wanted to start a family in Germany, along with his Turkish fiancé. He had completed his apprenticeship as a shipbuilder. He played guitar in his free time and liked sports -- like many other people his age. Then he travelled to Pakistan in the fall of 2001, apparently in order to devote time to his religious faith and expand his knowledge about Islam by visiting religious schools. He was "in the wrong place at the wrong time," is what insiders in Washington say -- sometimes cynically, sometimes laconically. They know Kurnaz was innocent when he was apprehended and detained. The United States -- and Germany -- discovered quite quickly that the accusations against Kurnaz were groundless. And yet he was not released.
I am not sorry that I've constantly offended Dubya supporters. You people deserve every last teaspoon of scorn I can heap on. Fuck all of you blind, unthinking idiots.