Guantanamo Bay: Who are the detainees and why does the U.S. continue to hold them? March 30, 2006
Director, Amnesty International USA
Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States government has held hundreds of men at Guantanamo Bay as part of its “global war on terrorism.” Some see the methods employed there as necessary to protect ourselves against new and horrifying threats to national security. However, the secrecy and questions about the legality of the imprisonments have drawn concern from lawmakers, foreign governments and human rights groups. They claim that such measures violate the Geneva Conventions, inspire anti-Americanism, and infringe upon the very foundations of our civil rights. In a program co-sponsored by Amnesty International USA, three lawyers currently defending prisoners in Guantanamo Bay talk about who the detainees are and why the United States continues to hold them.