Guantanamo

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ISBN 9780571226702 Format Paperback
9780571226702
Paperback
Published 07/10/2004 Length 176 pages
176

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Camp Delta at Guantánamo Bay is the most controversial prison in the world.

The 600 detainees in Cuba have been held in a legal black hole. Are they 'the hardest of the hard-core' Al Qaeda terrorists, ruthless men 'involved in a plot to kill thousands of ordinary Americans', as the Bush administration has maintained? And has their continued imprisonment really been a necessary weapon in the war against terror, preventing further murders and providing an invaluable trove of intelligence?

In pursuit of the answers, David Rose has visited the camp and interviewed guards, officials and medical staff, as well as the prison commander. In a detailed investigation of the claims of the British detainees released early in 2004, he describes a suffocating atmosphere of isolation, harrassment, Kafkaesque accusation and physical brutality. Through this series of compelling and disturbing insights into the operations at Guantánamo - and set in the context of centuries of civilized thought about the treatment of prisoners - we come to understand that the first thing to go in the War on Terror will be human rights.

Find out more at David Rose's website.

Camp Delta at Guantánamo Bay is the most controversial prison in the world.The 600 detainees in Cuba have been held in a legal black hole. Are they 'the hardest of the hard-core' Al Qaeda terrorists, ruthless men 'involved in a plot to kill thousands of ordinary Americans', as the Bush administration has maintained? And has their continued imprisonment really been a necessary weapon in the war against terror, preventing further murders and providing an invaluable trove of intelligence?In pursuit of the answers, David Rose has visited the camp and interviewed guards, officials and medical staff, as well as the prison commander. In a detailed investigation of the claims of the British detainees released early in 2004, he describes a suffocating atmosphere of isolation, harrassment, Kafkaesque accusation and physical brutality. Through this series of compelling and disturbing insights into the operations at Guantánamo - and set in the context of centuries of civilized thought about the treatment of prisoners - we come to understand that the first thing to go in the War on Terror will be human rights.Find out more at David Rose's website.
  • About David Rose

    David Rose is a writer and investigative journalist. His awards include the David Watt Memorial Prize and the One World award for human rights journalism. His work appears in The Observer and Vanity Fair. Among his books are In the Name of the Law, a widely-praised examination of the British criminal justice system; and A Climate of Fear, an investigation of the Broadwater Farm case and the conviction of Winston Silcott. He has also written books on mountaineering, including Regions of the Heart, a biography of Alison Hargreaves, the British climber who died in her attempt to conquer K2, and he is working on a book about the US death penalty centred on a miscarriage of justice in the town of Columbus, Georgia. David Rose lives in Oxford with his family.

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