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Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side : Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay
New York, NY : Nation Books, 2007
KF7661 .S627 2007
Every morning that human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith visits prisoners in Guantánamo Bay, he takes the eight o'clock ferry to the windward side. His journey ends in the cells with men who have been tarred as "enemy combatants" in the "war on terror."
Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side is an extraordinary, first-hand account of the United States detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, written by one of the few individuals in the world who has has independent access to the detention facility.
Based on the multiple visits that he has made there over the past three years, Stafford Smith analyzes the justifications that are used for the torture of terrors suspects, describes the array of deceits that shield the actions of the prison authorities, and tells the stories of many prisoners. He recounts what occurs when a military commission of an accused prisoner goes off-script, and finally ventures beyond the barbed wire of Guantánamo to explore the world of secret prisons - lawless enclaves across the globe where powerful nations violate international law with impunity.
By bearing witness to these prisoner's stories, Stafford Smith asks us to consider what is done to American democracy when the rule of law is jettisoned in the name of combating terrorism.
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