Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay

By Gordon Cucullu

The U.S. army reformatory at Guantánamo Bay—known to the general public as Gitmo—has been referred to as the yank Gulag, a scene of medieval horrors the place blameless farmers and goat herders swept up in Afghanistan and Iraq were sequestered, tortured, and abused for years on finish with no entry to criminal assistance or simple clinical services.

Gordon Cucullu, a retired military colonel, was once so appalled through those stories that he determined to determine for himself. In a chain of visits he inspected each nook of the camp and interviewed dozens of group of workers, from guards and interrogators to chefs and nurses. The result—coming simply because the Obama management desires to shut the facility—is a riveting description of lifestyle for either prisoners and guards. Cucullu describes the six camps reserved for various degrees of compliance, info the remedy of prisoners, and examines their reports intimately, together with the strategies used to interrogate them, the nutrition they devour, their remedy, how they convey with each other, and the numerous inventive methods they contrive to attack and injure their guards.

While a few prisoners have been certainly taken care of harshly within the early days, whilst the rapidly outfitted camp used to be flooded with battlefield captures and fears ran excessive of one other 9/11-style assault, Cucullu unearths that those excesses have been quick corrected. present therapy and oversight exercises exceed the factors of any maximum-security criminal on the earth.

Despite what the general public has heard, those aren't blameless goatherds yet committed jihadists whose overriding goal—as they themselves candidly say—is to kill americans. may still they now be published to come to the struggle, possibly on American soil? learn this publication and judge for yourself.

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At Guantánamo, “prisoners’ rights to perform their faith, nutrition, outfits and treatment have been larger than in Belgian prisons. ‘I comprehend of no Belgian felony the place each one prisoner gets its [sic] Muslim kit,’ Grignard acknowledged. ”5 He had “noticed dramatic advancements whenever he visited the power over the last years. ” He used to be roundly castigated by means of convinced ecu activist teams after making that assertion. Camp V detainees bathe numerous occasions per week. There are person showers in each block. bathe stalls are concrete throughout and feature no sticking out elements that may be damaged off. Heavy wire-mesh doorways separate the detainee from the skin and 3 concrete partitions are contained in the bathe. A shackled detainee enters the bathe, turns round, and areas his fingers during the bean gap. His shackles are got rid of and the bathe is activated on a 10-minute timer. Many detainees tuck garments into the twine to shape a privateness reveal whereas they bathe. After completing, the method is reversed. in a single odd-appearing state of affairs, a synthetic leg protruded from the bean gap whereas a detainee showered. He had misplaced a leg someday in his lifestyles and had a contemporary prosthetic leg supplied by way of the USA. whilst showering, he saved the leg dry by way of shoving it out of the door. in a single of a number of excursions via Camp V, i used to be status within the first-floor hub sector close to the interior keep watch over room. SFC wealthy was once explaining one of many strategies while I had the uncomfortable sensation of being stared at. at the back of me, at the moment flooring of 1 of the 2 showers, was once a wide guy with a large head, jet-black unruly hair, and a tangled, water-soaked beard. yet what used to be unnerving was once the unwavering, opposed stare that penetrated via bulletproof glass down onto the ground. Later, I advised a number of the Camp V guards in regards to the incident and pointed out that it “gave me the creeps. ” wealthy agreed. “When i glance at a few of these humans i will think the feel of evil deep in my soul,” he acknowledged gravely. “It’s now not what we run into in prisons wherever else. those men will not be the following to serve time, behave good, and get out. There’s an enormous distinction: those men will kill us in the event that they get the opportunity. ”6 one other safeguard, employees Sergeant Raylon Miller, from Sacramento, California, replied together with his personal tale: “I used to be right here just a day or . simply getting familiar with strolling the ground, and out on Delta block. all of the sudden one of many detainees started to yell ‘Iraq! Iraq! ’ I didn’t be aware of what to make of it and went over to his mobile. ‘I be aware of you from Iraq,’ he acknowledged. ‘You have been within the legal there. Why aren’t you donning your wrestle patch from the unit you have been with there? ’ It seems we captured him in Iraq, published him, and re-captured him in other places. both in Afghanistan or Bosnia, i assume. ” How did the incident make him believe? “It particularly freaked me out. I suggest, here’s this man who’s most likely noticeable 100 americans and he acknowledges me? He even remembered my identify and the unit i used to be with. He is familiar with that we put on a wrestle patch on our correct sleeves?

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