Publisher description for Five years of my life / by Murat Kurnaz.


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In October 2001, nineteen-year-old Murat Kurnaz traveled to Pakistan to visit a madrassa. During a security check a few weeks after his arrival, he was arrested without explanation and for a bounty of $3,000, the Pakistani police sold him to U.S. forces. He was first taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was severely mistreated, and then two months later he was flown to Guantanamo as Prisoner #61. For more than 1,600 days, he was tortured and lived through hell. He was kept in a cage and endured daily interrogations, solitary confinement, and sleep deprivation. Finally, in August 2006, Kurnaz was released, with acknowledgment of his innocence. Told with lucidity, accuracy, and wisdom, Kurnaz's story is both sobering and poignant--an important testimony about our turbulent times when innocent people get caught in the crossfire of the war on terrorism.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Kurnaz, Murat, -- 1982-
Prisoners of war -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Cuba -- Guant‚anamo Bay Naval Base -- Biography.
Human rights -- Government policy -- United States.
Combatants and noncombatants (International law) -- Biography.
Military bases, American -- Law and legislation -- Cuba.
Detention of persons -- Cuba -- Guant‚anamo Bay Naval Base.
War and emergency powers -- United States.