Secret photos of the Guantánamo military base published

Secret photos of the Guantánamo military base published

HAVANA, March 8. A series of secret images taken by US military photographers at the Guantanamo base were revealed to the public this Thursday by the British portal BBC Mundo.The graphics were provided, through digital access, by the US National Archives and Records Administration, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, and, it was stated, despite their crudeness, were never classified.

Since the Guantánamo military base, in territory occupied in Cuba since 1903, was converted into a high-security prison to house detainees accused of terrorism after the attacks of September 11, 2001, hardly any images of the arrival had been distributed. and the life of the prisoners in that enclave in southeastern Cuba.

In them, you can see how the detainees traveled from Afghanistan on military planes, handcuffed by their hands and feet and completely deprived of sensory stimuli, the strong security deployment when receiving them in Guantánamo or what their first meals were like in the high-security prison, describes the half British.

Secret photos of the Guantánamo military base published

The fence at Camp X-Ray allowed some closeness between the prisoners who could, as in the image, pray together. The detainees slept on mats and covered themselves with very thin blankets. Photo: Shane T. McCoy/USMC.

The first medical check-ups can also be observed, as well as intimate moments in the lives of the prisoners, who spent much of their time praying.

Secret photos of the Guantánamo military base published

The prisoners spent much of their time praying, like Yasser Esam Hamdi, the second American captured after 9/11. Photo: Shawn P. Eklund/USN.

 Secret photos of the Guantánamo military base published

On January 11, twenty-two years passed since the so-called Camp X-Ray, the opening of the United States military detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, under a name that denoted that no inmate could hide or disguise his prison activity.

The military commissions created to judge the 9/11 attacks proved to be ineffective and unfair and did not comply with international standards on due process, in addition to the fact that the victims of the attacks and their families have not yet received justice.

Up to 779 Muslim men were captured and secretly transferred, hooded and handcuffed, to said prison.

The then president George W. Bush ordered its creation as a reaction to the September 11 attacks in 2001, to house terrorist “enemy combatants” without the obligation to offer them the guarantees to which they would be entitled as prisoners on American soil.

The vast majority of inmates had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, the Al Qaeda network or Islamic terrorism.

Many were sold for a handful of dollars to the United States Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA.

Each one, notes the UN special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aolaín, in her report on the prison, “lived or is living their own indelible experiences of psychological and physical trauma after enduring profound abuses of their human rights.” ”.

The pattern of human rights violations was total: torture, secret transfers, forced disappearances, incommunicado interrogations, total absence of due process, and forced feeding during hunger strikes.

Additionally, detainees were held indefinitely without medical care and access to fair trials.

The Islamic prisoners suffered locked in cages measuring just 2 by 2 meters, in the open air, under the harsh Caribbean sun.

In each one, two cubes. One with water, another for feces. And nothing else in them. They were used for four months before the prisoners were moved to permanent structures.

Even today, 30 people remain detained at the military base. There are 16 detainees who, despite their release being authorized, remain imprisoned.

The majority were not accused of any crime and others do not know what they are accused of.

Twenty-two years later, the crimes under international law committed by the United States in Guantánamo remain unpunished.

In 2009, then-Vice President Joe Biden said, “We will defend the rights of those we bring to justice and close the Guantánamo detention center.”

Fifteen years passed. Biden is the president of the United States, he aspires to re-election and the prison continues to function, summed up lapidaryly in an Amnesty International report.