Guantanamo is still open. Two and a half months after January the 22nd, 2010, the closure date announced by Obama when he came to power, euronews has been given exclusive access to the prison camp, created by the Bush administration in January 2002.
Eight years on and 183 detainees remain, 50 of whom are considered too dangerous to be released by the US authorities. Those dressed in white co-operate with the camp authorities. The others stay in the now-infamous orange jumpsuits. This footage has been censored by the US military – neither the faces of guards nor prisoners can be shown.
Guantanamo, where the authorities are accused of resorting to torture to extricate confessions, is a labyrinth from which release is very difficult.
Former prisoner Bisher al-Rawi spent six years there. He told euronews: “There are innocent people in Guantanamo, innocent by the standard of the US authorities, not by my standard. But unfortunately, the number of countries willing to take these people is very small.”
In Washington, Congress has voted in a law preventing detainees from entering the US unless for a court case.
But some cannot even be legally tried, as Cully Stimson, a former adviser to Donald Rumsfeld, explained: “Why? Because of the circumstances under which some of them were captured and the information we have about them, cannot be prosecuted.”