Guantanamo = Torture

Guantanamo has become synonymous with torture and indefinite detention. Ten years later, Guantanamo has become a permanent feature of US policy, politics and culture - a consequence of a misbegotten war (the war on terrorism), a war without end.

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.

600Of the 779 detainees, roughly 600 were released without charges, many after being detained for years.

171Total number of detainees remaining at Guantanamo.

89Number of the 171 detainees who the US has approved for transfer to home or third countries but remain at Guantanamo.

15Number of children under age 18 who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo. 

8Number of Guantanamo detainees who died while in custody, six by suspected suicide.

6Number 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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