Detained By Fear, and Numbers That Contradict It

Abby Zimet

With the 10-year anniversary of Guantánamo Bay upon us, a nightmare story of an illegal detention, and a blast at the legal and moral crimes committed there. Also, a sorrowful look by the numbers, compiled by ThinkProgress, at its human and economic cost. Also, Colbert skewers Obama's slimy signing of the NDAA, and his attempt to placate "habeus huggers," in order to "keep doing what we've been doing for ten years, but make it legal."

10 years since the first 20 detainees arrived at Guantánamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray

1 year, 11 months, 21 days since President Barack Obama’s deadline to close Gitmo

779 detainees incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay since 2002

600 detainees have been released

242 detainees at Gitmo when Obama took office

171 detainees still held at Guantánamo Bay

89 detainees still held after being cleared for release

92 percent of prisoners were never al Qaeda fighters according to the U.S. government

86 percent of detainees were turned over after payment of a bounty

13 years old, the age of the youngest detainee

89 years old, the age of the oldest detainee

8 detainee deaths since 2002

6 detainee deaths by suicide

3 alleged detainee homicides from “dry boarding

$139 million per year to keep the Guantánamo Bay prison open

$800,000 per year to house each detainee

6 detainees convicted by military commissions

6 detainees currently charged by military commission prosecutor

0 detainees released in the past year



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