New Patti Smith song against Guantanamo torture camp


This music video from the USA is called Patti Smith – Without Chains (CBGB’s Closing Night 2006).

From TalkLeft blog in the USA:

Patti Smith Takes on Guantanamo

By Jeralyn, Section Media

Posted on Sat Apr 14, 2007 at 11:45:04 AM EST

Rocker Patti Smith has a new song about Guantanamo, “Without Chains.”

She says it will be available soon for download on her website.

“I feel responsible as an American citizen,” Smith told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York.

“It’s a terrible injustice and I think it will be a stain upon us when history examines this period.”

Smith’s “Without Chains” focuses on Murat Kurnaz, a German-born Turkish citizen who said he was kept under fluorescent lights for 24 hours at a time and complained of being beaten at the U.S. military detention center in southeast Cuba.

Detainees are held there on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban, many without the opportunity to face trial.

More like Patti, please.

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6 thoughts on “New Patti Smith song against Guantanamo torture camp

  1. Talking about our government’s criminal conduct is not enough, we must act! Below is a vigil we are organizing here in D.C.

    5 Years is enough of Guantanamo…
    6 months is enough of the
    Military Commissions Act…

    Join us for a 24-hour vigil at the
    U.S. Justice Department, April 27
    9th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    12:00 PM White House Vigil,
    1:00 PM Procession to
    Justice Department
    To begin a 24-hour Vigil

    To call for:
    § Ending the use of torture
    § Upholding the Geneva Convention
    § Adherence to the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
    § Repeal of the Military Commissions Act
    § Closure of Guantanamo Bay and several “Black Sites”

    Groups and individuals are signing up for two-hour blocks of time
    (3:00 PM Friday until 1:00 PM Saturday). To get involved and sign up,
    please call the Washington Peace Center at 202-234-2000.

    A couple lawyers representing detainees are expected to speak during the vigil.

    Endorsed by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition
    (TASSC International), Dorothy Day Catholic Workers and the Washington
    Peace Center.

  2. Saturday, April 14, 2007
    Rocker Patti Smith lashes out at Guantanamo Bay in latest song

    By DAVID McFADDEN

    Associated Press Writer

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rocker Patti Smith said Friday that her concern for the hundreds of men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay compelled her to record a song about a former detainee.

    “I feel responsible as an American citizen,” Smith told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York. “It’s a terrible injustice and I think it will be a stain upon us when history examines this period.”

    Smith’s “Without Chains” focuses on Murat Kurnaz, a German-born Turkish citizen who said he was kept under fluorescent lights for 24 hours at a time and complained of being beaten at the U.S. military detention center in southeast Cuba. Detainees are held there on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban, many without the opportunity to face trial.

    “I’m not really politically articulate, so I try to respond to the things that move me in a humanistic way,” the 60-year-old singer told the AP. “I can’t imagine people languishing in prison for years while other people are trying to decide what to do.”

    At the Pentagon, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon said Guantanamo is reserved for the most egregious terror suspects and insisted that the U.S. military does not hold any detainee for longer than necessary.

    In the track, which Smith said will be posted soon on her Web site for downloading, she sings: “For four long years I wasn’t a man, dreaming chained with the lights on in another world, a netherworld. Four long years with nothing to say. Thoughts impure at Guantanamo Bay.”

    Kurnaz, 25, was released in August from the detention center without being charged and flown to Germany. In October, German prosecutors said they found no evidence linking Kurnaz to Islamic radicals in Pakistan or Afghanistan and formally dropped their investigation.

    U.S. officials have maintained Kurnaz was a member of al-Qaida, based on classified evidence. Kurnaz’s New Jersey-based lawyer, Baher Azmy, has told the AP that he was shown the classified evidence and found it unpersuasive. He also said it contained a half-dozen statements exonerating Kurnaz.

    Smith, who straddled the hippie and punk eras with her 1975 album “Horses,” is best known for her hit “Because the Night,” co-written with Bruce Springsteen.

  3. German Prosecutors Resume Afghanistan Assault Case (Update1)

    Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) — German prosecutors resumed a probe into allegations that soldiers assaulted a man held in Afghanistan after being given a possible new lead.

    German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz accused two German soldiers of abusing him while detained in a U.S. camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in January 2002. Kurnaz’s attorney provided the names of two witnesses who were also held in Kandahar, said Walter Vollmer, a spokesman for the prosecution office.

    Kurnaz, who was later held in the Guantanamo prison camp, said he was abused behind a truck, while members of the German army testified that trucks weren’t used in the camp at the time. The U.S. army didn’t disclose any information, according to the prosecution office.

    Prosecutors in the German town of Tuebingen will try to interview the two men who currently live in the U.K. and who may have witnessed the events, Vollmer said in an interview. “If they can testify that a truck was there at a time, we certainly have a new lead to follow up on,” he said.

    Bernhard Docke, Kurnaz’s attorney, wasn’t available for comment. His office said he will return on Aug. 20.

    Prosecutors had closed the case in May because there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the men, even though they still had “concerns,” the office said on May 29. The identities of the two soldiers accused of the assault weren’t disclosed.

    Kurnaz’s case is subject to two parliamentary investigations in Germany. One is looking into allegations that German soldiers mistreated Kurnaz. The other explores whether Germany refused Kurnaz entry in the fall of 2002 when the U.S. offered to release him, prolonging his imprisonment in Guantanamo by four years.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net
    Last Updated: August 7, 2007 06:33 EDT

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