Archives of Gordon Cucullu's
Guantanamo Bay Articles
Gitmo's Big Headaches for Bam
New York Post
November 18, 2008
One consequence of President-elect Obama and his party's victory is that the issues that provoked their sharp criticism during the campaign are now about to belong to them. President Bush's wars will soon be Obama's, and the question of what to do about the much-maligned detention/interrogation facility at Guantanamo will soon
sit upon Obama's Oval Office desk... more
September 24, 2008
Close Gitmo. Both presidential candidates have adopted that position and even President Bush and Defense Secretary Gates have expressed similar sentiments. A study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies entitled “Closing Guantanamo: From Bumper Sticker to Blueprint” outlines a policy that appears sensible and practical... more
The New Gitmos
March 4, 2008
Very few captured fighters are sent to Guantanamo’s detention facility these days. The last transfer of any significance was in September 2006 with the 14 famous high-value detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. Now days most captured combatants are held in the country in which they were apprehended. There are, for example, detention facilities in Afghanistan, the largest in Bagram. And, as one might imagine, there are several facilities in Iraq, which combined hold a total of approximately 23,000 enemy combatants... more
Guantanamo Bay: Five Years Later
January 19, 2007
In January 2002, while the rubble of the Twin Towers was still being removed, military aircraft began landing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with a strange cargo. Men in orange jump suits, shackled hand and foot, hooded and dirty were unloaded brusquely and moved across the base to a hastily-constructed holding facility known as Camp X-Ray. It was little more than a razor wire and mesh compound of cages, protected from the elements by a metal roof. A few plywood buildings were knocked together to serve as dispensary/hospital, administration building, and interrogation booths... more
Gitmo's Good Work
The New York Post
January 16, 2007
Five years after the establisment of the Guantanamo prison camp, angry protests demand immediate release of the "unfortunate innocents." Are the protestors waving "Bushitler" signs right? Is Gitmo a hotbed of Inquisition-style torture that should be closed, and its detainees freed? Last month, on my fifth and longest trip to Guantanamo, I toured the newly opened, ultra-modern Camp VI, a maximum-security prison modeled after a Michigan county prison... more
The Detainees' Holding Pattern
December 13, 2006
This season the rains have come regularly to Guantanamo, located on the dryer, leeward southeast coast of Cuba. The usually California-brown landscape is an Irish green, and contract landscape crews are losing the battle to keep tropical growth at the lawn level rather than the lush meadow it wants to be... more
What I Saw at Gitmo
June 27, 2005
Last week, I was privileged to be part of a Department of Defense trip to the Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I got to see the operations of this “controversial” facility up-close – something particularly important after Sen. Richard Durbin’s comparison of its guard to Nazi stormtroopers and calls of leftists to shut the center down. Our group went to GITMO to check out tales that the military was being too tough on these terrorist detainees... more
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"Gordon Cucullu has written a lively work of history that fulfills its promise to explode 'the myths of Guantanamo Bay.' Anyone who wants to speak authoritatively about the Bush administration's detainee policies has to read this book." — Douglas J. Feith, senior fellow, Hudson Institute, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and author of War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism
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This companion web site to Inside Gitmo was conceived and executed by Avery Johnson in collaboration with Chuck Martin. As a highly skilled, experienced researcher, Avery imposes strict demands on her work and that of author's with whom she works. Every stated fact must be backed by hard documentation. Hence readers find 524 citations in Inside Gitmo from a multiplicity of sources. Avery took that as "a good start."
Her concept - that you can interact with on these pages - is that with an issue as dynamic and multi-faceted as Guantanamo is too large to be captured only in a work of print. In order to complement and supplement the final work so that readers may continue to be apprised of developments on this critical subject and dig deeper into subjects that interest them, it is necessary and valuable to take advantage of technology.
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I'm a retired Green Beret lieutenant colonel, Vietnam War veteran and career officer, and now a writer. After serving more than thirteen years in East Asia I was sent on assignments in El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and eventually worked Korea and East Asian affairs at both the Pentagon and Department of State.
My many adventures since then have included raising llamas and alpacas in upstate New York, serving as the Executive Director of the Korea Society in Manhattan, working as an international marketing VP for General Electric in Asia, and traveling within corners of the world that few have had the privilege of experiencing.
In April-May 2008 I spent a month embedded with Military Police units in Iraq. Stories from my trip are posted at supportamericansoldiers.com — a book about what I saw and learned is also in the making.
My first book Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin was published in September 2004.
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