Sunday, December 27, 2009

On this day: Guantanamo opens

On December 27, 2001, it was announced that "enemy combatants" would be held at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba. It was not, of course, the first time that Guantanamo had been in the news.

Guantanamo first was mentioned in the early 1960s when tensions were high with Cuba (see Missile Crisis, Cuban). But things simmered down there and it became one of many US-operated bases in foreign lands worldwide. In the 1990s, there was a period where it house Hatian and even some Cuban refugees, but that was disallowed by the courts, and it sank back in to oblivion. Until, of course, 2002, when enemy combatants (see below) were first housed there—we'll see how it fares once they are moved stateside.

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