It is worth considering the frightening prospect that this moral and legal travesty is an ongoing and permanent stain on the soul of a nation. Below are the facts regarding the conditions at Guantanamo Bay (provided by Human Rights Watch).
779 = Total number of detainees who have been held at the Guantanamo Bay facility since September 11, 2001 attacks.
600 = Of the 779 detainees, roughly 600 were released without charges, many after being detained for years.
171 = Total number of detainees remaining at Guantanamo.
89 = Number of the 171 detainees who the US has approved for transfer to home or third countries but remain at Guantanamo.
15 = Number of children under age 18 who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo.
8 = Number of Guantanamo detainees who died while in custody, six by suspected suicide.
6 = Number of those convicted in the military commissions after trial or plea bargain.
1 = Of the 171 detainees that remain at Guantanamo only one, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, faces any formal charges.
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