Friday, January 11, 2013

LIVE With Guantanamo Bay : 11 Years Later


First published on CNN 
WGRZ NBC





"On January 11, 2002, the first of nearly 800 prisoners was sent to the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Images of these men shackled, wearing orange boiler suits, goggled and masked shocked the world. Eleven years on, 166 prisoners remain in captivity - all without due process. Join us remembering their stories and continuing the quest for justice against the worlds most notorious prison system."  


On January 10, 2013, Cage Prisoners interviewed six former Guantanamo detainees: Bisher Al-Rawi, Shafiq Rasul, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, Tarek Dergoul, and Omar Deghayes.






Guantanamo Bay [GTMO, Gitmo] detention camp is an interrogation prison set up by the US at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. In 2002, the Bush Administration detained people that the US government determined were connected to allies of Afghanistan and Iraq.


There are three camps: Delta, Iguana, and X-Ray [now closed.]


- Bush Administration decided that the first 20 abducted men were not entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions.


-2008, 3 children aged 3 to 5 were returned to Afghanistan.


- 2009, President Obama signed an order to halt the Guantanamo military commission for 120 days and to close Gitmo in one year.


- 2010, Col. Wilkerson, former aide to Colin Powell, stated in an affidavit that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, knew most of the men first sent to GTMO were innocent, yet left there for political reasons.


- 2011, Obama signs the Defense Authorization Bill putting restrictions on prisoner transfers, ceasing the closing of GTMO.


- 2012, 167 detainees remain at Guantanamo.


- Since 2002, 8 men died in the camp and 600 have been released.


- There have been 6 suicides and since 2002, 41 suicide attempts.


- It is now 2013.










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