According to the United States Department of Defense, there were over two hundred Afghan detainees in Guantanamo prior to May 15, 2006. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened on January 11, 2002. In the summer of 2004, following the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush, the Department of Defense stopped transferring men and boys to Guantanamo. On September 6, 2006 United States President George W. Bush announced the transfer of 14 high value detainees to Guantanamo, including several additional Afghans. Several additional Afghans have been transferred to the camp since then.
Detainees and former detainees missing from the official listEdit
On February 23, 2009, Graeme Smith, writing in the Globe and Mail quoted a thirty-year-old former detainee named Omar al-Madani. When asked his views on United States President Barack Obama's plans to close Guantanamo he said:
“Everybody is happy because our friends will be released from Guantanamo, but there is a big question. What will they do about Bagram?”
Arrival and departure datesEdit
- ↑ "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-15.
- ↑ Terror Suspect Transferred To Guantanamo  f 2007-09-07
- ↑ Treat U.S.-held prisoners like Gitmo detainees, Afghans urge: Prison at U.S. base in Afghanistan a sore point among Afghans  Graeme Smith 2009-02-23