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The Guantánamo EffectExposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices$
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Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261761

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261761.001.0001

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(p.69) Chapter 4 Guantánamo
The Guantánamo Effect

Laurel E. Fletcher

University of California Press

The U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay is an institution of total confinement, designed largely to serve the needs of interrogators and their superiors. Most former detainees interviewed for this study experienced their detention in Guantánamo as arbitrary and humiliating, punctuated at times by excruciating mental or physical pain. Nineteen of the 62 detainees interviewed stated they had been punished for various infractions at Guantánamo. Half of the respondents who participated in the Guantánamo study undertook hunger strikes due to the desecration of the Quran or interference with detainees' religious practice. Suicide attempts at the camp are high stakes for both detainees and guards. The health status of detainees, and their struggle for release, are explored. Over 65 percent have been released from Guantánamo. Most respondents said they left Guantánamo the same way they had arrived—on U.S. military transport planes.

Keywords:   Guantánamo Bay, detainees, hunger strikes, Quran, religious practice, military transport planes

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