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Guantanamo: What the World Should Know Paperback – June 30, 2004

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"A brilliant and eloquent indictment of our current administration's disrespect for basic human rights. Ratner breaks down what Guantánamo is, why it matters, and the ramifications for national and international law. This book should be required reading for those concerned with truth, justice, and maintaining our humanity."--Rachel Neumann, Rights and Liberties Editor, Alternet.org



"Michael Ratner is America's most important civil libertarian. If this book doesn't frighten the public into action, nothing will."--John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s and author of Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War



"Tis the season...for political nonfiction" Ruminator Review, October 2004-
Guantanamo is a profoundly disturbing portrait of the history of the U.S naval station in Cuba and those detained there. Prisoners of war and even civilians, carefully recategorized as "enemy combatants," may be held there indefinitely, on no formal charges and without access to legal counsel or a hearing in court, and even allegedly tortured in hopes of producing intelligence that may improve national security. This small book consists largely of transcripts if interviews with Michael Ratner, an attorney working with the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the detainees in Guantanamo (some of them held there since 2002). He gives stark information about conditions within the prison as well as the ongoing struggle to give the detainees a fair hearing in court. Much of it is drawn directly from government and court sources. If our government is going to "nuance" its commitment to the Geneva Convention and its protections for prisoners of war, we owe it to each other to make civil liberty concessions deliberately, with informed consent. If we don't bother to look squarely at Guantanamo and the detainees--and the implications for our own basic freedoms the situation entails--we have no one but ourselves to blame for the erosion of those rights. This is a book you must read.

About the Author

Michael Ratner is President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He serves as co-counsel in Rasul v. Bush, the historic case of Guantánamo detainees currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Under Ratner's leadership, the Center has aggressively challenged the constitutional and international law violations undertaken by the United States post-9/11, including the constitutionality of indefinite detention and the restrictions on civil liberties as defined by the unfolding terms of a permanent war. In the 1990s Ratner acted as a principal counsel in the successful suit to close the camp for HIV-positive Haitian refugees on Guantánamo Bay. He has written and consulted extensively on Guantánamo, the Patriot Act, military tribunals, and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world. He has also been a lecturer of international human rights litigation at the Yale Law School and the Columbia School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, special Counsel to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to assist in the prosecution of human rights crimes, and radio co-host for the civil rights show Law and Disorder.



Ellen Ray is President of the Institute for Media Analysis and the author and editor of numerous books and magazines on U.S. intelligence and international politics. She is co-editor with William Schaap of Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars the American Way and Covert Action: The Root of Terrorism, both published by Ocean Press in 2003.
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Product Details

  • Series: Politics of the Living
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931498644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1920769277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book consists of interviews of Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, by writer Ellen Ray, plus relevant UN and other documents. Ratner was co-counsel in Rasul v Bush, which the New York Times called "the most important civil rights case in half a century" because on 28 June 2004 the Supreme Court ruled against President Bush that the US military could not hold what it called `enemy combatants' indefinitely, without charge and without access to legal representation. The Court ruled that the prisoners had the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts.

The Bush government then set up `combatant status review tribunals', supposedly to decide whether the detainees had been correctly designated as enemy combatants and therefore were being rightfully detained according to the laws of combat. However, the administration breached the Supreme Court's ruling that the prisoners had the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts, since all the tribunals' members are military officers.

Guantanamo is `an interrogation camp', which is flatly illegal, under US and international law. It harks back to Stuart Britain's offshore penal colonies which were beyond the reach of law, forms of executive imprisonment which the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act made illegal. The US detention centres in Iraq, Afghanistan and Diego Garcia and on board US aircraft carriers are modern Devil's Islands.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has reported that US forces had inflicted on the 550 prisoners illegally held at Guantanamo Bay psychological and physical coercion that was `tantamount to torture'.
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This book provides a really concise, clear and powerful explanation of the American interrogation camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. The author who represents some of the detainees and has interviewed them paints a vivid picture of their hideous treamtment. He demonstrates that the camp is not only outside the law, but a threat to the safety of us all. If you want to know why Guantanamo has become iconic in the Muslism world for everything wrong with the US, read this book.
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This book puts another nail in Bush's coffin. It exposes the shameful scandal of Guantanamo, America's torture base in Cuba, where over 600 persons from some 40 countries have been held , with no lawyers, no charges, for over two years. Attorney for several of the prisoners and President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, tells the sordid story of torture and secrecy to veteran movement journalist Ellen Ray in a book that is as compelling to read as Michael Moore's movie was to watch.
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This is the clearest indication yet of where the Bush administration is heading in terms of putting in place a system of totalitarian justice. The authors show how the President, under his authority as "Comander in Chief" can designate anyone, including American citizens, (that includes you!) as enemy combatants in the US "war on terror." Once designated as such, you have no recourse to a lawyer or an impartial hearing. The recent Supreme Court decisions have upheld the right of "detainees" and so-called "enemy combatants" to the courts but the Administration is trying to do an end-run by bringing them in front of miliary panels--no lawyers--to determine their fate. This is a must read for anyone who is concerned about our civil liberties and international law. It is also a frightening expose of the conditions under which the Guantanamo detainees are held,including testimony by released prisoners about the abuse and torture they have suffered. Buy this book and then buy another to give away to your next door neighbor! There is no time to waste!
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Do you want to know what really happens, what is done in your name at Guantanamo military base in Cuba? Then get this book and prepare to be disgusted,offended, and outraged by what your heroes are doing, what your elected officials are doing to uncharged and untried human beings in Cuba. Acts that were similar to deeds done at Russian gulags, in Nazi prison camps and other vile places are still being committed to this very day. Unamerican acts done to nonamericans by americans on foreign soil is most vile and odious. Your taxes support this, your silence condones this and your ignorance insures that that the 171 tortured souls will continue to suffer the most base defilement's until you do something about it. You cant do anything about it until you learn what is being done, in your name. Buy this book, learn, then teach others what you've learned and more important,do something about it by contacting your elected officials and demand that the prisoners be set free, that these people get an apology and compensation.
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