Guantanamo: What the World Should Know

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"Guantanamo: What the World Should Know teams human rights lawyer Michael Ratner with political journalist Ellen Ray to reveal the truth about Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and the creation of a new network of U.S. detention camps around the world." "Gathered together for the first time, Guantanamo also includes the governmental memoranda and orders that led to this system of detention without accountability, a letter from two recently released Guantanamo detainees, and excerpts from the Geneva Convention." Ratner and Ray give a definitive account ...
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Overview

"Guantanamo: What the World Should Know teams human rights lawyer Michael Ratner with political journalist Ellen Ray to reveal the truth about Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and the creation of a new network of U.S. detention camps around the world." "Gathered together for the first time, Guantanamo also includes the governmental memoranda and orders that led to this system of detention without accountability, a letter from two recently released Guantanamo detainees, and excerpts from the Geneva Convention." Ratner and Ray give a definitive account of what Guantanamo means for the rule of law, for liberty, democracy, and the right to dissent.
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"A brilliant and eloquent indictment of our current administration's disrespect for basic human rights. Ratner breaks down what Guantánamo is, why it matters, and the ramifications for national and international law. This book should be required reading for those concerned with truth, justice, and maintaining our humanity."--Rachel Neumann, Rights and Liberties Editor, Alternet.org

"Michael Ratner is America's most important civil libertarian. If this book doesn't frighten the public into action, nothing will."--John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s and author of Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War

"Tis the season...for political nonfiction" Ruminator Review, October 2004-
Guantanamo is a profoundly disturbing portrait of the history of the U.S naval station in Cuba and those detained there. Prisoners of war and even civilians, carefully recategorized as "enemy combatants," may be held there indefinitely, on no formal charges and without access to legal counsel or a hearing in court, and even allegedly tortured in hopes of producing intelligence that may improve national security. This small book consists largely of transcripts if interviews with Michael Ratner, an attorney working with the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the detainees in Guantanamo (some of them held there since 2002). He gives stark information about conditions within the prison as well as the ongoing struggle to give the detainees a fair hearing in court. Much of it is drawn directly from government and court sources. If our government is going to "nuance" its commitment to the Geneva Convention and its protections for prisoners of war, we owe it to each other to make civil liberty concessions deliberately, with informed consent. If we don't bother to look squarely at Guantanamo and the detainees--and the implications for our own basic freedoms the situation entails--we have no one but ourselves to blame for the erosion of those rights. This is a book you must read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781920769277
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications Party Limited
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ratner is President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He serves as co-counsel in Rasul v. Bush, the historic case of Guantánamo detainees currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Under Ratner's leadership, the Center has aggressively challenged the constitutional and international law violations undertaken by the United States post-9/11, including the constitutionality of indefinite detention and the restrictions on civil liberties as defined by the unfolding terms of a permanent war. In the 1990s Ratner acted as a principal counsel in the successful suit to close the camp for HIV-positive Haitian refugees on Guantánamo Bay. He has written and consulted extensively on Guantánamo, the Patriot Act, military tribunals, and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world. He has also been a lecturer of international human rights litigation at the Yale Law School and the Columbia School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, special Counsel to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to assist in the prosecution of human rights crimes, and radio co-host for the civil rights show Law and Disorder.

Ellen Ray is President of the Institute for Media Analysis and the author and editor of numerous books and magazines on U.S. intelligence and international politics. She is co-editor with William Schaap of Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars the American Way and Covert Action: The Root of Terrorism, both published by Ocean Press in 2003.

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Table of Contents

"A president beyond the law"
Interviewer's preface
Interviewee's preface
Ch. 1 Guantanamo and rule by executive fiat 1
Ch. 2 Abuse and torture 30
Ch. 3 Guantanamo : testimony and case details 55
Ch. 4 Military commissions and the Supreme Court 70
App. 1 Documents 94
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Useful account of the USA's concentration camp at Guantanamo

    This book consists of interviews of Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, by writer Ellen Ray, plus relevant UN and other documents. Ratner was co-counsel in Rasul v Bush, which the New York Times called gthe most important civil rights case in half a centuryh because on 28 June 2004 the Supreme Court ruled against President Bush that the US military could not hold what it called eenemy combatantsf indefinitely, without charge and without access to legal representation. The Court ruled that the prisoners had the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts. The Bush government then set up ecombatant status review tribunalsf, supposedly to decide whether the detainees had been correctly designated as enemy combatants and therefore were being rightfully detained according to the laws of combat. However, the administration breached the Supreme Courtfs ruling that the prisoners had the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts, since all the tribunalsf members are military officers. Guantanamo is ean interrogation campf, which is flatly illegal, under US and international law. It harks back to Stuart Britainfs offshore penal colonies which were beyond the reach of law, forms of executive imprisonment which the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act made illegal. The US detention centres in Iraq, Afghanistan and Diego Garcia and on board US aircraft carriers are modern Devilfs Islands. The International Committee of the Red Cross has reported that US forces had inflicted on the 550 prisoners illegally held at Guantanamo Bay psychological and physical coercion that was etantamount to torturef. It said, gthe construction of such a system, whose stated purpose is the production of intelligence, cannot be considered other than an intentional system of cruel, unusual and degrading treatment and a form of torture.h At least three children, between 11 and 13, were held at Guantanamo; some are still there today. The British state is guilty of collaboration and connivance with these illegal US state actions. British courts, like US courts, are using as evidence statements made under duress and torture in these US-run camps, thereby condoning the use of torture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    The True Story Behind an American Gulag

    This book provides a really concise, clear and powerful explanation of the American interrogation camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. The author who represents some of the detainees and has interviewed them paints a vivid picture of their hideous treamtment. He demonstrates that the camp is not only outside the law, but a threat to the safety of us all. If you want to know why Guantanamo has become iconic in the Muslism world for everything wrong with the US, read this book.

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