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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Many respondents said they were elated when they learned about their impending departure from Guantánamo. In the weeks and months ahead, many former detainees had simply moved into a “post-Guantánamo phase” in a different land. Detainees are not aware of their fate as they leave Guantánamo. The U.S. government has repeatedly stated that its decision to release detainees is not an admission that they are cleared of wrongdoing, or that U.S. forces committed an error in capturing them or later detaining them in Guantánamo. Virtually all of the released Afghan detainees reported that their family's wealth had been substantially diminished by their incarceration. Many Afghan former detainees stressed they wanted the authorities to find and punish the individuals in Afghanistan who had reported them, and also wanted compensation sufficient to resume a “normal life.” For many, the “stigma of Guantánamo” hindered their ability to find meaningful employment.

Keywords: Guantánamo; Afghan detainees; U.S. government; Afghanistan; employment

Chapter.  7801 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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