Oral History | Aging, disability and medical care at Guantánamo

From The New York Times, “Guantánamo Bay as Nursing Home: Military Envisions Hospice Care as Terrorism Suspects Age“:

More than 17 years after choosing the American military base in Cuba as “the least worst place” to incarcerate prisoners from the battlefield in Afghanistan, after years of impassioned debates over the rights of the detainees and whether the prison could close, the Pentagon is now planning for terrorism suspects still held in the facility to grow old and die at Guantánamo Bay.

The Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Rule of Law Oral History Project, initiated in 2008, explores the state of human and civil rights in the post-9/11 world.

The project conducted a series of interviews with attorneys in order to document legal challenges against capital punishment in the United States. In 2010 the project expanded to study the statutory and constitutional challenges of the use of the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay. The issues raised in The Rule of Law project are only exacerbated by factors of aging, disability and access to medical care as a human right.

Listen online to some of the interviews or visit the Oral History Archives at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to review transcripts and listen to audio.