Watch: Samantha Bee's Stunning Interview With Wrongfully Accused and Tortured Former Gitmo Prisoner
President Obama’s gift to Saudi Arabia this month? Nine Guantanamo detainees. Because, as Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal explained, “When the U.S. decides to free prisoners, they have to send them somewhere. They can’t just disappear offshore like taxable income.”
Bee featured an interview with one former Gitmo detainee on Monday night's show, and it is stunning.
Murat Kurnaz was born in Germany but traveled to Pakistan in 2011 to learn about Islam. A month after 9/11 was probably not the best timing though.
“Were you a terrorist?” Bee asked Kurnaz. “No,” answered Kurnaz.
Kurnaz was swept up in a U.S. spree through the Middle East. "The government claimed to have intel linking Marat to a suicide bomber who blew himself up in Istanbul,” Bee recounts. Except the “suicide” part was completely false.
“He still lives with his family in Germany,” confirmed Kurnaz.
After months of repetitive questioning, "The CIA, FBI, FBI, DOD and Guantanamo’s joint task force all agree that Marat was not a threat to the United States,” Bee said.
But, yet, he was still tortured.
“They tortured me by waterboarding, electroshocks and hanging me on chains for many days,” Kurnaz told Bee.
They also asked him the same four questions every time, sometimes trying to get him to talk by offering him a Blue Pepsi.
Watch Bee's much more humane grilling: