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Introduction

Laurel E. Fletcher

in The Guantánamo Effect

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520261761
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520261761.003.0001
Introduction

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The Bush Administration, within days of 9/11, began developing what came to be known as “the New Paradigm” for the “war on terror,” under which the president authorized “a new, ad hoc system of detention and interrogation that operated outside any previously known coherent body of law.” This book presents interviews with 62 former detainees held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as well as 50 U.S. government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, attorneys representing detainees, and former U.S. military and civilian personnel who had been stationed in Guantánamo or Afghanistan in order to answer questions regarding the detention and interrogation. A high degree of consistency is found when comparing the patterns and trends in the interview data with data on detention and interrogation procedures in documents released by the Department of Defense and reports published by the U.S. government, independent organizations, and the media.

Keywords: New Paradigm; war on terror; Guantánamo Bay; Bush Administration; Afghanistan; U.S. government; nongovernmental organizations; detainees

Chapter.  5637 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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