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School of Politics and International Studies

GTMO’s 10th Anniversary: the war on terror in its second decade

12 January 2012 |

Professor Jason Ralph posts on his blog 'The American Exception' on the 10th anniversary of the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay.

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay.  A total of 779 different persons have been detained since they opened in January 2002.  The various camps were at their most crowded in May 2003.  A total of 680 detainees were being held at that time.  From that point on the number began to fall.  The interagency task force set up by President Obama in January 2009 reviewed 242 cases and it recommended the release, transfer or trial of the majority of these. Obama’s task force was set up with a view to closing the camps within one year.  As everyone knows that deadline has long gone. 171 individuals remain in the camps today.

 

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