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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Detainees encountered a hive of activity when they arrived inside the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay. Responsibility for camp operations and interrogations was split between two units. Brigadier General Rick Baccus administered the camp. Major General Michael Dunlavey was in charge of interrogations. The detention facilities at Guantánamo are described. The tightly regulated environment heavily influenced relations between detainees and their captors. Respondents described various “strategies” for dealing with guards, ranging from silent submission to outright hostility. Many respondents reported that they were able to pray freely. Of the 55 respondents who discussed their interrogation sessions at the prison, 24 said they did not experience any problems. The rest discussed their interrogation sessions as abusive. Detainees brought to Guantánamo became the subjects of the Administration's new system for the detention and interrogation of those it claimed to have been captured in its war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Keywords: Guantánamo Bay; Rick Baccus; Michael Dunlavey; interrogation sessions; Al Qaeda; Taliban

Chapter.  9795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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