Citizen Held Hostage

PUBLISHED: 7:50 PM 28 Aug 2018
UPDATED: 7:52 PM 28 Aug 2018

NASA Doctor In Turkish Prison

He is kept in solitary confinement and accused of being a C.I.A. spy.

In a Turkish prison much like this one (pictured) sits a NASA doctor who claims to be wrongly accused and mistreated.

NASA scientist, Dr. Serkan Gölge, claims he is being held hostage, the Turkish Minute has reported today.

The doctor received “seven years, six months in prison in February” because of his alleged ties to the Gülen government. For the last two years, Gölge has been “unlawfully keptbehind bars and he has stated that this is a sign that he is being “held hostage” by the corrupted Islamic government of Turkey, according to t24 News.

The 38-year-old is a duo citizen of both the United States and Turkey. The Gülen government attempted “a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, on July 23, 2016,” at least as the Turkish leadership tells it. The NASA scientist was netted and “detained” as the whole matter was investigated and has been stuck in the oubliette ever since.

He was originally kept for 14 days in police custody, up until the time of his sentence.

Now, his wife has said that he is being kept in solitary confinement and has reported that he’s said,  “[for] two years, I have been kept in jail based on an empty dossier and unlawful evidence. My being kept in such a way shows I am a hostage. This is a heartbreaking situation.”

The captive also said that for him, the law has “been suspended” and it appears that he can be kept illegally on trumped-up charges indefinitely. Government authorities accused the doctor of being a C.I.A. spy during a visit.

In a somewhat confusing ruse of “proof,” an “anonymous informant” cited “a Bank Asya bank account belonging to Gölge and a one dollar bill found in his brother’s room.”

The scientist denies these charges and has done so since day one.

Would a man who was only in his early to mid 30’s at the time of his arrest who managed to get enough education to work on landing men on Mars (as he was doing before his arrest) have time to learn how to be a spy too? If so, when? While getting a doctorate or while drafting engines?

That doesn’t seem likely. So, the question from there would be, would the U.S. risk a major scientific mind who was ill-trained to be a spy, knowing that he may botch it up, get exposed, and that NASA would lose his work?

That bucket holds no water, either.

Hopefully, Turkey looks at this bit of common sense and uses it. The imprisoned man “is awaiting the verdict for an appeal he filed at a superior court, which will be decided on Sept. 19.”

God willing, he won’t be targeted just due to his status in the U.S. because if so, America has a man in the White House who, so far, has been quite good at getting U.S. prisoners back.