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Conclusions and Recommendations

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/9780520261761.003.0006
Conclusions and Recommendations

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Many of the interrogation methods for the suspected members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda appear to have violated international and domestic prohibitions on torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. The U.S. government's payment of cash bounties created an indiscriminate and unscrupulous dragnet in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Data reveal that many detainees held in U.S. custody in Kandahar and Bagram, Afghanistan, repeatedly experienced physical abuse, deprivations, humiliation, and degradation. After release from Guantánamo, many respondents said they confronted a host of challenges upon arrival in their country of origin or a third country. Only a handful of former detainees said they received any meaningful or effective assistance. Furthermore, additional studies are needed with the aim of removing the shroud of official secrecy that has hidden what has been taking place at Guantánamo and other detention facilities from full public scrutiny.

Keywords: Guantánamo; Taliban; Al Qaeda; U.S. government; Kandahar; Bagram; physical abuse; deprivations; humiliation

Chapter.  3018 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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