Tuesday, April 01, 2008

no due process, no truth


[Image: Murat Kurnaz, amnestyusa.org]

This story (via Yglesias) from 60 Minutes about America’s clandestine prison system for foreign nationals has my jaw on the floor. I didn’t think I would be this easily shocked after the last seven years of abuse the Bill of Rights has undergone.

The story is simply amazing.

(CBS) At the age of 19, Murat Kurnaz vanished into America's shadow prison system in the war on terror. He was from Germany, traveling in Pakistan, and was picked up three months after 9/11. But there seemed to be ample evidence that Kurnaz was an innocent man with no connection to terrorism. The FBI thought so, U.S. intelligence thought so, and German intelligence agreed. But once he was picked up, Kurnaz found himself in a prison system that required no evidence and answered to no one.

The story Kurnaz told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley is a rare look inside that clandestine system of justice, where the government's own secret files reveal that an innocent man lost his liberty, his dignity, his identity, and ultimately five years of his life.

[Continued at Citizen Orange]

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