Camp X-Ray: Ghosts of the Past

On April 2002 the government of the United States closed the prison camp, which laid the foundation to the Guantanamo Bay prison – Camp X-Ray. The camp received first 20 captivities, which were brought without trial, in the US-led “war on terror” after the 9/11.

Army Specialist Brandon Neely was stationed here in those first few days and told CNN: “At Camp X-Ray you would have to take a water hose and put water in their buckets … They had two buckets, one for water and one to use as the restroom.”

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The president Obama would later call this detention facility “a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law”. The facility was created out of a bid to create a place where intelligence and military would be able keep captives and interrogate them beyond the reach of Geneva Conventions and the intrusions of obstreperous attorneys and nosy journalists.

“They had decided from the start that it was different from an enemy prison of war camp … We were told in the first couple of minutes at Gitmo that this was a detention facility and the Geneva Conventions would not be in effect … There was no army manual on this, no standard operation procedure,” Neely told CNN.

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But the goal wasn’t achieved. The court and the press found the prison. Yet, the American authorities refuse to close the prison and send 155 inmates back home.

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The battle for justice still goes on. And the future of 155 illegally detained people is still unclear.
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