The War on Human Rights

A vivid and damning account of America’s controversial interrogation camp

“David Rose lays bare the real Guantánamo. He writes beautifully about an appalling subject. If you want the hard truth about the interrogation camp, and not the lies and deceptions put forward by the Bush administration, read this book.” —Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights

Praised as a “tour-de-force deconstruction of Bush’s supermax gulag” (San Diego Union Tribune) when first published in hardcover, Guantánamo makes shocking allegations about the infamous U.S. detention camp in Cuba. Award-winning journalist David Rose argues that the camp not only constitutes a grotesque abuse of human rights but is also ineffective as a tool for combating terrorism.

Through firsthand research in Cuba, government documents, and dozens of interviews with guards, intelligence officials, military lawyers, and former detainees, Rose sheds light on Gitmo’s ugly inner workings. He reveals that, contrary to the Bush administration’s claims, the prisoners at Guantánamo are not “the hardest of the hard-core” Al Qaeda terrorists, ruthless men “involved in a plot to kill thousands of ordinary Americans.” And he provides solid evidence that the brutal interrogations that supposedly justify the camp’s existence have yielded very little useful intelligence.


“Unflinching detail . . . the fullest account to date of the multiple meanings of the prison camp known as Gitmo. . . . Rose has filled in many of the blanks left by most journalistic accounts.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Rose offers a substantial body of reporting in his concise book. . . . Guantánamo is most valuable for its eloquent dissection of the methods used by the United States to gather intelligence from detainees.”
Legal Affairs
“Combines a harrowing account of physical and psychological abuse . . . with a finely honed analysis of the policies governing the lawless world of ‘Gitmo.’”
The Nation

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