3,294. 1/15/2002

“By January 2002, the U.S. military had established a prison camp at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the ‘illegal enemy combatants’ it was capturing in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The White House lawyers had picked the location because of its unique legal status. Leased in perpetuity to the United States by the pre-Castro Cuban government in 1903, it was arguably under U.S. control but not under U.S. law. This rare set of circumstances allowed the executive branch to hold and interrogate foreign prisoners there in any manner it deemed necessary, beyond meddling from Congress and courts.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 147

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