Guantanamo Bay Facts

Guantanamo Bay Facts
Guantanamo Bay is a detention camp located at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base fronting on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It is a United States military prison established in 2002 to detain extremely dangerous prisoners, and as a place to interrogate and prosecute those suspected of war crimes. Originally the United States Department of Defense was able to keep the names of the prisoners and detainees secret, but efforts by the Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act led to the acknowledgment of the fact that they were holding 779 prisoners. There have been reports by detainees and former prisoners of torture and abuse.
Interesting Guantanamo Bay Facts:
The Camp Delta block of Guantanamo Bay holds the detention camps 1 through 6, which has 612 units. It also includes Camp Echo.
High security detainees are held in Camp 7, which is a classified location elsewhere on the Guantanamo Naval Base.
Of the 779 men brought to Guantanamo Bay, approximately 200 had been released by the middle of 2004.
The majority of those held at Guantanamo Bay have not been charged or given a criminal trial.
One detainee at Guantanamo Bay was discovered to have United States citizenship. He also had Saudi Arabian citizenship. When he was transferred to Saudi Arabia he had to give up his U.S. citizenship.
In December of 2011 there were still 171 men being held at Guantanamo Bay. Four had been sentenced by a military commission. These men originate from more than 20 different countries.
The detainees at Guantanamo Bay originate from a variety of different countries including Albania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, U.K., United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and the United States.
Eight detainees have died at Guantanamo Bay. Two were reported natural causes while six were suicides.
There are six detainees for whom the United States plans on seeking the death penalty. These prisoners were believed to have been tortured and held in solitary for up to four years.
One of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was sentenced to life imprisonment after being brought to the U.S. to stand trial in federal court.
Detainees were at Guantanamo Bay for 6.5 years before the United States Supreme Court ruled that they had the right to challenge their detention's lawfulness. However by the time the ruling was made that allowed them the right, 500 of the detainees had been transferred already.
There were 12 detainees taken to Guantanamo Bay that were under 18 years of age when they arrived.
One Canadian national, Omar Khadr, was 15 when he was taken to Guantanamo Bay. He was convicted because he threw a grenade that killed an American soldier. His father had taken him to Afghanistan to fight as a child soldier. Omar spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay and plead guilty to murder after much torture. His sentence was eight years, not including the time he had already served. He was returned to Canada in 2012 and released in 2015.
President Barack Obama has been trying to close the camp, but has not been successful as of yet.


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