Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Obtaining Refugee Voices: In Whose Interest Does the GPMP Act?

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While researching for and carrying out this project, one of the major ethical concerns I encountered was the issue of speaking for another person or group. Although one of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project’s main goals is to allow people to relate their own memories of Guantánamo, I found that such personal memories are incredibly difficult…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2002

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February 19, 2002: The Center for Constitutional Rights filed two habeas corpus petitions in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The center filed the petition on behalf of four detainees that had recently arrived at GTMO – Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal (both British), and David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib (both Australian). February…

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Art & GTMO: Manufacturing Visuals to Represent the Invisible

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Last year, John Filostat, spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantánamo, announced that the military would stop informing the public about GTMO detainees who go on hunger strike. “The release of this information serves no operational purpose and detracts from the more important issues,” Filostat explained. The decision to stop disclosing this information, formerly used as…

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Guantanamo: A Lieux de Memoire

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How can we trust memory? As historians, we strive to be objective as possible. We gather evidence, often basing our arguments on documents that we find in archives. Yet, we have to be able to trust our sources. Oral histories and people’s memories are hardly perfect. Who can remember what exactly happened five or ten…

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Who Are the History Makers?

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Growing up in the 90′s, I remember hearing my parents talk about the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Oklahoma City bombings, but I do not recall them ever discussing the heartbreaking situation of the thousands of Haitian asylum seekers detained at Guantánamo Bay. This is not their fault; most of America had no…

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Judging Camp Bulkeley: Quarantine or Detention?

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I am not a hypochondriac, but during the SARS outbreak of 2002, I seriously contemplated wearing a mask.  How else could I protect myself from the airborne disease that killed nearly a thousand people in a year-long span?  Ten years earlier, a similar hypochondriac tendency had plagued the United States.  The disease, AIDS; the pathogen,…

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My Haiti: A Blog Reflection of Working on GPMP

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Working on Guantánamo Public Memory Project has opened my eyes to the ways we form biases, often without realizing it. Before GPMP, there existed My Haiti. My knowledge of Haiti was murky throughout school. I was aware of its existence but had no knowledge of its politics or people. My Haiti was the Haiti of…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2009

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January 28, 2014: In his annual State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his intent to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. He called upon Congress to lift the restrictions on transferring detainees, stating that “we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action but by remaining true to our constitutional ideals and…

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The Gift of an Oral History

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The oral history process begins far before the interview starts. The dialogues are far longer than the soundbite portraits they often become. The process by which a lead – possibly just a name or a phone number – becomes a historical source, is incredibly personal and fraught. A person’s memories are a vast and interesting…

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Prejudice and the Public Historian’s Role in Difficult History

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My classmate and I recently sat down with Harvard Law Professor Deborah Anker for an interview on the role of immigration law in the Haitian refugee crisis at Guantanamo. One of the first court cases that jumped to Anker’s mind was the Supreme Court case Jean v. Nelson (1985). Decided a few years before the crisis, the…

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About GPMP

A look at the past, present, and future of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project.

Guantanamology

Excavating GTMO’s hidden histories in the Guantánamo Public Memory Project Archive

National Dialogue and Traveling Exhibit

Students and communities explore GTMO's history and debate its implications in a traveling exhibit.

Reflection + Action

What does GTMO's history suggest about what to do now? Add your take.

This Week in Guantánamo: Present and Past

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