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:

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The United States launched its war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. U.S. forces have held tens of thousands of detainees in Kandahar and Bagram, with fewer than 800 known detainees being transferred to the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. Chris Mackey describes how detainees were processed after their arrival at the Kandahar facility. Meals usually consisted of military-rationed Meals Ready to Eat. Guards treated them better during International Committee of the Red Cross visits. One of the most humiliating among many abuses endured at Kandahar and Bagram was forced nudity. Twelve respondents related incidents of guards desecrating the Quran. Many respondents experienced physical abuse. Interrogations at Kandahar and Bagram took place on a daily basis. Several respondents described being physically abused or threatened during interrogation sessions. The respondents were then transferred to Guantánamo, even if they were not informed why they were being transferred.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Kandahar; Bagram; Guantánamo Bay; forced nudity; Quran; physical abuse; interrogations

Chapter.  7574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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