About The Guantanamo Bay Reader

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Draft Cover – The Guantanamo Bay Reader

The Guantanamo Bay Reader is a new book that presents legal, historical, ethical, moral, political and personal issues raised by Guantanamo Bay, its detention facilities, the U.S. Military Commissions based on the U.S. Naval Station on Cuban soil, and the countless men, women and children around the globe who are directly or indirectly part of the Guantanamo phenomenon.

Part I of II

Many individuals — stakeholders — are directly and indirectly affected by Guantanamo.  Part I of the Reader captures candid perspectives of all categories of Gitmo stakeholders, including detainees, prison guards, military counsel (defense and prosecution), military commission judges, victims and their families (VFMs), media, witnesses, prison staff including chaplains and physicians, non-governmental organization (NGO) observers, and many others.

The Reader shares the voices of these stakeholders, those who shape and live the Guantanamo experience.

These voices are presented in a form accessible to newcomers or legal experts. The Reader is well-suited for academics, media, military personnel, 9/11 victims and their families, detainees, students of law or political science or other disciplines, and the general public. The Reader provides a valuable introduction to Guantanamo to anyone who wants to go beyond news reports to understand this historically significant phenomenon.

The Reader offers an authoritative snapshot of Guantanamo pre-911, Guantanamo as suspects (“detainees”) began arriving in January 2002, Guantanamo policies and practices over the last 15 years, and Guantanamo’s future.

Part II of II

Part II of the Reader contains critical documents that complement, support, and at times contradict those voices. Commentary throughout the Reader places the voices and documents into historical, political, and legal context, explaining the web-like inter-relationships between and among the different stakeholder groups. The Reader is intended to be a one-stop resource for newcomers to the field, and for experts, who are interested in learning about Guantanamo and examining it from multiple perspectives.

Author / Editor

The Reader is written and edited by Professor George E. Edwards of Indiana University McKinney School of Law, who has had 15 years of Guantanamo Bay experience. Professor Edwards was the first U.S. expert witness permitted to travel to Guantanamo Bay, leader of a legal research team on behalf of Guantanamo Bay defendants, an objective “media” representative conducting research at Guantanamo, and a neutral, objective, and independent U.S. Military Commission Monitor (NGO Observer) overseeing dozens of monitors traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Ft. Meade, Maryland to monitor U.S. Military Commission hearings, and traveling to the Pentagon to monitor Guantanamo Periodic Review Boards.

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