by David Rose - £7.99 Faber & Faber (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571226702 | ISBN 10: 0571226701
Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the most controversial prison in the world. The 600 detainees 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 a valuable trove of intelligence? 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. These compelling and disturbing insights into the operations at Guantanamo - set in the context of centuries of civilised thought about the treatment of prisoners - we will come to understand that the first thing to go in the War on Terror will be human rights.
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