Guantanamo Bay: Inside the world’s most notorious detention centre as the war on terror fades away
Jul 21, 2021 2 mins, 19 secs
The courtroom here at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba has moved, and the base in which it sits has grown larger.

Susan Hensler, al-Tamir’s lead defence counsel since 2017, says the military court system through which her client is being prosecuted here on Guantánamo has yet to catch up to the new reality.

Camp Justice on Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, where military trials of terror suspects take place.

Those who conceived of using the naval base as a detention facility saw it as a place where detainees could be held outside the boundaries of US law.

Camp X-Ray, where the first prisoners were brought to Guantánamo Bay in 2002, now lies abandoned.

In pushing to close the detention facility at Guantánamo, Biden is aiming to succeed where his Democratic predecessor failed.

In the military commission system, presiding judges rotate every few years, a process which ensures repetition and delays.

Holding the trials in Guantánamo, outside of the US justice system, means that prosecution and defence teams have to be flown in for each hearing at an enormous cost.

“Every military commission case involves at its centre someone who has been tortured and mistreated by the US government,” she says.

As for what should be done with the detention facility and the military commission, she says: “The war is over and that should be the end of this commission.”.

It’s more than a prison, it’s more than a detention facility.

When asked if there were lessons to be learned from the use of the base as a detention facility, he says: “There was an urgent need to deal with difficult detention issues after 9/11, but Gitmo policy was initially made with inadequate attention to long-term costs.”.

The inhabitants of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base appear mostly immune to the debate raging outside.

The base looks more like an American town than it does a military installation.

A bowling alley at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba?

The Cuban government today says the base is illegal and has repeatedly called for its removal

While he oversees the base operations, there is a separate command in charge of the prison and the military commission

“The exposure that it received based on the detention facility is understandable, but it’s not the sole function of this installation,” he tells The Independent in his office overlooking the ocean

Captain White compares his role as the commander of the base as a landlord overseeing tenants – one of which happens to be a detention facility

Camp Justice on Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, where military trials of terror suspects take place

Camp X-Ray, where the first prisoners were brought to Guantánamo Bay in 2002, now lies abandoned

A bowling alley at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba


1. Facebook temporarily halts Oculus Quest 2 sales, recalls foam inserts following reports of skin irritation - Eurogamer.net
Jul 27, 2021 # technology 1 min, 55 secs
2. At least 85 wildfires torch 1.5m acres across drought-hit US west - The Guardian
Jul 26, 2021 # politics 1 min, 6 secs
3. Marc Jacobs shares a selfie of his new face just 'three days after' undergoing a facelift - Daily Mail
Jul 25, 2021 # entertainment 1 min, 29 secs
4. Doctor: Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher are right in not bathing kids daily - Insider
Jul 27, 2021 # entertainment 42 secs
5. New Dune trailer features 3 minutes of desert insanity - CNET
Jul 22, 2021 # entertainment 23 secs
6. Hayden Panettiere Reunites With Ex Brian Hickerson After His Release From Jail - E! NEWS
Jul 21, 2021 # entertainment 39 secs
7. Samsung's 49-inch mini-LED gaming monitor will sell for $2,500 - Engadget
Jul 27, 2021 # politics 19 secs
8. Paleontologists uncover dinosaur, shark fossils on Iron Range, left behind by ancient ocean, surfaced by mining - Duluth News Tribune
Jul 24, 2021 # science 1 min, 47 secs
9. NASA's Mars helicopter soars past 1-mile mark in 10th flight over Red Planet - Space.com
Jul 25, 2021 # science 1 min, 4 secs
10. Why World of Warcraft players are protesting developer Blizzard in-game - Polygon
Jul 22, 2021 # technology 28 secs
11. 50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans
Jul 21, 2021 # breaking 4 mins, 53 secs
12. Skyward Sword deserved a remake, not a remaster - Polygon
Jul 27, 2021 # technology 1 min, 28 secs
13. Veterans Affairs becomes first federal agency to require some staff be vaccinated against Covid - NBC News
Jul 26, 2021 # politics 42 secs
14. A Common Heart Problem That's Easy to Miss - Yahoo News
Jul 26, 2021 # health 1 min, 46 secs
15. Untreatable, deadly 'superbug' fungus outbreak reported at two North Texas hospitals - FOX 4 Dallas
Jul 23, 2021 # health 33 secs
16. Dane County pushes for all residents to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status - WKOW
Jul 27, 2021 # health 30 secs

SUBSCRIBE

Get monthly updates and free resources.

CONNECT WITH US

© Copyright 2021 365NEWSX - All RIGHTS RESERVED