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Ten Years of Guantanamo
January 13, 2012 - Ben Klein
This last Wednesday was the 10 year anniversary of the arrival of detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Here are a list of stories that shine a little light on one of America's darkest era's - due-process-free detention.
Vanity Fair has has a lengthy piece that includes interviews and a slideshow with many people involved in Guantanamo, including the following comments by lawyer Manuel Supervielle about the reaction he faced for inviting the International Committee of the Red Cross on January 12, 2002. "I said, If we cancel, it's going to look bad. It's going to look like we're trying to hide something. At one point Mr. Gonzales said to me, he goes, Manny, by having the I.C.R.C. there, they're going to report on everything they see. That stunned me, really. I said, Sir, first of all, the I.C.R.C. doesn't report publicly on what they find. They report back to the detaining power. He says, How do you know that? I said, They have a 150-year history of doing that, a pretty well-established record."
The Columbia Journalism Review shines some light on Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg and the 10 years she has spent covering the camp. CJR writer David Glenn writes: The Guant'namo prison site had been chosen in part because it was out of public view. Unlike almost every other story on the planet, this one would not be told primarily through images. She and her colleagues would have special responsibilities here. "It was a moment that every print reporter sort of yearns for," Rosenberg says. "What we write is what the world will see."
McClatchy has a website full of resources and interviews and a story from 2010 based on Rosenberg's 2010 speech at the National Press Club.
Human Rights Watch details some startling figures - only 1 of the remaining 171 prisoners face formal charges - and why prosecuting terrorism cases in federal court is far more efficient.
Mother Jones reporter Elizabeth Gettelman wrote a story in June of 2010 on the near $2 billion price tag of the camp.
The American Psychological Association has timeline on the ethics and participation of psychologists involved in torture.
Mother Jones writer Justine Sharrock's story "First, Do Harm" from August 2009 on the role of American doctors at Guantanamo is worth the time to read.
The New York Times published an opinion piece by former Guantanamo prisoner Lakhdar Boumediene who spent seven years in the due-process free-detention center.
Seton Hall University School of Law Center for Policy & Research has site called "Guantanamo Reports" and one from Dec. 9, 2009 called "Death in Camp Delta" that examines the deaths of prisoners at the camp.
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