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The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison
£16.99 paperback Pluto Press (2007)
This is the first book to tell the story of every man trapped in Guantanamo.
In early 2006, the Pentagon released 7000 pages of transcripts from tribunals assessing the status of the 759 men illegally detained in Guantanamo Bay. Journalist Andy Worthington is the only person to have analysed every page of these transcripts. This book weaves together the story of the prison and its inmates. For the first time, it brings to life the story of every man trapped in Guantanamo. Who are these men and why do they continue to be held without trial? This book goes at least some way towards answering the questions that the US has so far refused to engage with.
It does not make for easy reading. Human rights abuses are commonplace under a system that allows for the arrest of any non-US citizen anywhere in the world. The book covers extensive detail on how each detainee was arrested. It includes evidence of mass killings of prisoners in Afghanistan, and people being picked up in Pakistan by bounty hunters for $5000 a head. Many men were clearly not enemy combatants. Some were involved in missionary work. Some where just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The book also includes extensive allegations of torture in US Afghan prisons, as well as within Guantanamo itself. Who will speak for the 759 men who still remain in Guantanamo? This passionate and brilliantly detailed book brings their stories to the world for the first time.
ISBN 13: 9780745326641 | ISBN 10: 0745326641
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