The notorious U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where hundreds of men were detained by America for years without charge or trial, is still open after almost 20 years?
In the weeks and months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the U.S. struck back. It rounded up hundreds of men, suspected of terrorism, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and several other countries.
They were sent to a remote U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be held and interrogated. Many have alleged they were tortured and almost all were never charged or ever faced trial. Most have since been released.
But, over the years, the prison became a stain on the U.S. both at home and abroad. And, despite repeated calls for its closure, it is still in operation today.
Mansoor Adayfi was imprisoned there for 14 years without trial. He recently talked with Anand Naidoo from his new home in Serbia.
- Joseph Williams joins us. He’s the senior news editor at U.S. News and World Report.
- Brian Becker is the Executive Director of the ANSWER Coalition.
- Mansoor Adayfi, former Guantanamo prisoner
“It was clear to me that the Americans had no idea what they were doing, or what the consequences of their abuses would be”
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“So humiliating. So destroying.”
Mohamedou Ould Slahi endured brutal interrogations while being held at Guantánamo Bay. 20 years after 9/11, the U.S. is still grappling with the consequences of the torture carried out in the name of national security. https://t.co/AweSUm6RZe
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