State of the Union January/February 2008

Inside Guantánamo

A photo essay with text by Andrew Sullivan

Leg restraints next to a desk in the detainee classroom in Camp Four, where the most-compliant detainees are housed. The U.S. government is holding some 340 “enemy combatants” at Guantánamo Bay. Fewer than 20 percent of Guantánamo inmates have been members of al-Qaeda, a National Journal study suggested. The same survey concluded that a high percentage, perhaps the majority, of inmates were not captured on any battlefield, but were handed over by Afghan warlords or Pakistanis in return for rewards. Of the nearly 800 detainees who have reportedly been housed at Guantánamo since January 2002, approximately 445 have been released or transferred.

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Andrew Sullivan, an Atlantic senior editor, blogs at andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com. Louie Palu is an award-winning photographer based in Washington, D.C. More

Louie Palu is an award-winning photojournalist whose work is included in numerous collections (at the George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and elsewhere) and has been featured publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, and The Economist. He has been covering the war in Afghanistan since 2006.

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