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Seven years after President Obama issued an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, 93 detainees remain imprisoned on the island. While 34 inmates have been cleared for resettlement overseas, many –including detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of the critically acclaimed “Guantanamo Diary”– remain in legal limbo. Not charged with crimes, yet considered too “high value” to release, these prisoners face an uncertain future even as political pressure mounts to shutter the prison for good. Kojo explores Slahi’s story and examines how recent court decisions could impact his case and the legitimacy and effectiveness of Guantanamo’s military commissions.
- Larry Siems Writer and Activist; Editor, "Guantanamo Diary"
- Jennifer Daskal Assistant Professor of Law, American University
Read: "Guantánamo Diary" Excerpt
Excerpted from “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Edited by Larry Siems. Copyright ©2015 by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.
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