Chapter 8: Segregation and Supervision:
Camps V and VI
- We hear a lot about "isolation" and "solitary confinement" charges levied at conditions in Guantanamo. Do such conditions exist?
- Learn how segregation and highly controlled supervision - not solitary confinement, which is never used - are tools that the Detention Group commander can employ in cases dealing with aberrant behavior.
- Are these men really "the worse of the worse" as they have been described? Hear the words of those officers and men who deal with them on a daily basis and form your own judgement.
- What is Camp V and how did it evolve from the original Camp Delta planning? Discover a modern facility - constructed on a model from the US system - that includes primary health care, interrogation, and attorney-client space.
- Meet the men and women who work inside the Camp V wire and learn of the professionalism and dedication they bring to the task - despite working under constant threat conditions that include brutal attacks, both physical and verbal.
- Camp VI, another ultra-modern installation based on US prison design - was originally intended to be highly communal. Camp VI was going to be a place where detainees could mingle, interact, and participate in more open, unrestricted living conditions.
- What went wrong and forced modification of the original plan?
- Learn how the theory that "given more freedom detainees would respond positively" was ultimately found to be a ruse, and thrown back in the faces of those attempting to work with detainee leaders.
- How did the original plan for Camp VI ultimately prove false and forced to be changed?
- What does Camp VI look like today and how will it function?
- Discover how demonstrated detainee behavior made these changes necessary - in order to ensure that safe, humane treatment did not turn into mass tragedy.
Reprinted end notes from chapter eight of the book, with links to source
and other supporting materials
1. Author interview, January 2006.
2. Author interview, February 2007.
3. In a bit of unintended irony, released Guantánamo detainee Moazzam
Begg denied that the detainees use semen. “That would be un- Islamic,”
4. Author interviews with SFC Allen Rich, JTF GTMO, May 23, 2006.
5. “Guantánamo Better than Belgian Prisons— OSCE Expert,” Reuters,
March 6, 2006.
6. James Taranto, “Nice Place to Visit,” Opinion Journal, Wall Street Journal,
March 7, 2006.
7. JTF GTMO, May 23, 2006.
8. Al Pessin, “Dead Taliban Leader was Guantánamo Detainee,” Global
Security, July 25, 2007.
9. Author interview with Sergeant Philip Smell, JTF GTMO, May 23,
10. Omar Rezak, “Regret and Resentment at Guantánamo,” BBC News,
October 18, 2006.
11. Author interview with Admiral Harry Harris, December 2006.
12. Author interview with Colonel Wade Dennis, December 2006.
13. Author interview with Camp VI NCOIC who requested anonymity to
protect his family, December 2006.
14. William Glaberson and Margot Williams, “Pentagon Files Off er Details
on Detainee in Suicide,” New York Times, June 1, 2007.
15. Author interview with Colonel Dennis, January 2007.
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