Guantanamo Bay: An Untold History of Occupation, Torture, Sham Trials & Resistance

Posted on by

Camp XRAYFew realize how expensive it is to keep Guantanamo Bay prison operational. The Joint Task Force (JTF) detention center, which opened in 2002, costs US taxpayers $140 million a year, breaking down to about $800,000 per detainee.

The JTF was never meant to be permanent, yet twelve long years after the first round of prisoners arrived, 149 prisoners remain detained there indefinitely.

The oft repeated lie that these men are the “worst of the worst” has clouded the reality that the vast majority are completely innocent, and were simply swept up in a dragnet in Afghanistan. 78 have already been deemed innocent and cleared for release, yet pure political theater keeps them imprisoned.

Moreover, only six of the 149 men have been formally charged with a crime. Five are being tried together as alleged co-conspirators of 9/11, although they all are alleged to have varying operational levels, and one alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing. Yet the commissions process is completely corrupted by absurd levels of government secrecy, classification and intrusion.

A few weeks ago I traveled to Cuba to cover the continuing plight of these men and conduct an in-depth investigation for Breaking the Set. The report details how America came to host one of the most notorious prisons in Cuba, the brutal and systematic torture that took place, the sham of the 9/11 military commissions, the ongoing prisoner hunger strike and how Guantanamo Bay prison can be closed for good.

**

Gitmo Exclusive Part I: An Untold History of Occupation, Torture & Resistance

**

Gitmo Exclusive Part II: Media Brainwashing, Sham Trials & Closing Gitmo for Good

**

My brother interviewed me about my personal, intense experience at Gitmo for Media Roots Radio. Listen here.

Follow me @AbbyMartin and let me know what you think at #BTSGitmo 

Leave a Reply

RELATED NEWS

  • Empire Files’ Best of 2017 Roundup
  • 7 Must Watch Empire Files Reports From Palestine
  • Russia Trolls U.S. Into Censoring the Net & McCarthyism 2.0 Against the Left
  • Empire Files: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left
  • ABBY'S VIEWS

  • Empire Files’ Best of 2017 Roundup
  • The Real News: US Pressure Led to Massacre of Colombian Farm
  • Loud and Clear: Trump Ignites A Firestorm With Tweets Related to Sexual Harassment Allegations
  • Abby Martin on The Jimmy Dore Show: The Untold History of U.S. Empire
  • Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey
  • Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge
  • Joe Rogan Experience With Guest Abby Martin
  • The Zeitgeist Movement: “In All Seriousness” With Guests Abby Martin & Mike Prysner
  • Abby Martin in Venezuela – Supermarkets to Black Markets
  • Abby Goes to Venezuela
  • Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests
  • Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US/Philippines Trafficking
  • Perspectives on Palestine, Syria, & Yemen with Abby Martin, Mnar Muhawesh & Rania Khalek
  • Abby Martin & Lee Camp Reveal the Truth Behind the Headlines
  • Empire Files Exposes Steve Bannon’s True Character