Guantánamo Public Memory Project

This Week in Guantánamo: 2012 and 1903

U.S. Warships in Guantánamo Bay after signing of 1903 lease. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress. 1911.


December 12, 2012:  The Justice Department has ruled that the Obama administration does not have to disclose video showing the forced extraction of Guantánamo Bay prison detainees because doing so would be detrimental to national security.

December 10, 1903: Official control of Guantánamo Bay is “handed” to the U.S. in a ceremony on the battleship Kearsage. At noon on that day the Cuban flag is lowered and the American flag is raised. Only one Cuban is present at the ceremony.




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