Our Very Own Axis of Evil in Guantánamo

A former prisoner describes the foul essence of the Bush presidency

The feeding tubes were removed: "I could sit up. I could eat. I had survived. I could even hear music. The guards were listening to rock music."

One might say that Hitler's guards were somewhat more refined in their tastes: After a hard day at the concentration camp, they would relax by listening to Mozart and Beethoven.

Next week: How Murat Kurnaz was finally able to leave Guantánamo after getting a civilian lawyer, Baher Azmy, a professor of constitutional law at the Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, who proved from the Defense Department's own records that most of the "worst of the worst" (as Donald Rumsfeld once described the Guantánamo inmates) had no connection with Al Qaeda or any of the world's other terrorist organizations.

While working on Kurnaz's defense, Azmy discovered that his client—who, he says, looked as though he'd been "shipwrecked" when he first saw him—had been the subject of a secret report that U.S. military intelligence had written six months after Kurnaz had been caged in Guantánamo: "Criminal Investigation Task Force has no definite link or evidence of detainee having an association with al-Qaeda or making any specific threat toward the U.S." And German intelligence reported to their superiors that "USA considers Murat Kurnaz's innocence to be proven. He is to be released in approximately six to eight weeks."

That was in 2002. Kurnaz wasn't let go for another three and a half years. Aren't you proud to be an American?

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