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Guantanamo, like it or not,
This review is from: The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days (Hardcover)
This is a story about Military men and women who tried to make the best out of a bad situation. This is also the story of a Government trying to get information from detainees that may or may not have had any useful information on terrorist plots in the wake of 9/11. This is the story of men who tried to uphold the Geneva Convention only to find out the people high up in Government had a very different idea of how Guantanamo should be run.
The Author Karen Greenberg details the trials and tribulations behind Guantanamo and how it came to be. Guantanamo became Guantanamo because the military didn't want to house the "detainees" on American or foreign soil because there would be some non military oversight and the Government wanted to conduct interrogations and by free of oversight. Guantanamo is unique because of its location and the fact that there would be no oversight by the Cuban Government. When they were trying to figure out where to house this detainee's Guantanamo in the beginning was an after thought
Greenberg discusses what the military went through to convert Guantanamo from nothing to a make shift detention center in a short amount of time. Getting the right people in place for this operation, making sure that at least the bare essentials would be available, food, clothing, housing, dealing with language, social and religious barriers etc. for not only the hundreds of incoming soldiers but the detainee's as well. This was a monumental operation.
Greenberg also details what life was like at Guantanamo for the detainee's and the military men and women working there in the early days of the operation. She discusses how several different legal barriers where overcome. Greenberg describes how the decisions were made on the ground that conflicted with decisions made by people in Washington and who was involved in those decisions.
Greenberg interviewed a lot of people that were on the ground at Guantanamo in the beginning. Her research for Guantanamo the first 100 days is extensive. Everything she details in the book has a time line to help the reader understand the sequence of events and the decision making behind those events.
Greenberg does an excellent job of presenting the subject matter in an unbiased way. Guantanamo the first one hundred days is an excellent book; it really details the confusion within the Government as to how to deal with the detainee's. Very thoroughly researched and well worth the price.