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 U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay is an institution of total confinement, designed largely to serve the needs of interrogators and their superiors. Most former detainees interviewed for this study experienced their detention in Guantánamo as arbitrary and humiliating, punctuated at times by excruciating mental or physical pain. Nineteen of the 62 detainees interviewed stated they had been punished for various infractions at Guantánamo. Half of the respondents who participated in the Guantánamo study undertook hunger strikes due to the desecration of the Quran or interference with detainees' religious practice. Suicide attempts at the camp are high stakes for both detainees and guards. The health status of detainees, and their struggle for release, are explored. Over 65 percent have been released from Guantánamo. Most respondents said they left Guantánamo the same way they had arrived—on U.S. military transport planes.

Keywords: Guantánamo Bay; detainees; hunger strikes; Quran; religious practice; military transport planes

Chapter.  8014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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