Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Part 1)The following list (also see Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4) is the culmination of a three-year project to record the stories of all the prisoners held at the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The first fruit of this research was my book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison, published by Pluto Press in November 2007, and available from Amazon (US and UK), in which I related the story of Guantánamo, established a chronology explaining where and when the prisoners were seized, told the stories of around 450 of these prisoners, and provided a context for the circumstances in which the remainder of the prisoners were captured.
In the last 15 months, I have also published 12 online chapters telling the stories of over 250 prisoners that I was unable to include in the book (either because they were not available at the time of writing, or to keep the book at a manageable length), and have written over 300 articles about Guantánamo, for a variety of publications, expanding on and updating the stories of all 779 prisoners. In particular, I have covered the stories of the 143 prisoners released from Guantánamo since June 2007 in unprecedented depth, and have also covered the stories of the 27 prisoners charged in Guantánamo's Military Commission trial system in more detail than is available from most, if not all other sources.
As a result, this is the most comprehensive list ever published of the 779 prisoners who have been held at Guantánamo, providing details of the 533 prisoners who have been released (and the dates of their release), and the 241 prisoners who are still held (including the 59 prisoners who have been cleared for release). I will, of course, continue to update it as more prisoners are released. At the time of publication (March 2009), it provides links to my articles or online chapters telling the stories of over 400 prisoners, and, where these are not available online, provides references for the chapters in The Guantánamo Files where their stories can be found. The stories of 87 prisoners remain unknown, because they were released in 2003 or 2004, and the Pentagon has not been obliged to publish any information relating to these men, and their stories have not surfaced in the media or in research undertaken by NGOs.
It is my hope that this project will provide an invaluable research tool for those seeking to understand how it came to pass that the government of the United States turned its back on domestic and international law, establishing torture as official US policy, and holding men without charge or trial neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects to be put forward for trial in a federal court, but as "illegal enemy combatants."
I also hope that it provides a compelling explanation of how that same government, under the leadership of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, established a prison in which the overwhelming majority of those held — at least 93 percent of the 779 men and boys imprisoned in total — were either completely innocent people, seized as a result of dubious intelligence or sold for bounty payments, or Taliban foot soldiers, recruited to fight an inter-Muslim civil war that began long before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that had nothing to do with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or international terrorism.
Andy Worthington, London, March 2009
How to use the list
In the categories below, ISN refers to the Internment Serial Number by which the prisoners are (or were) known and identified in Guantánamo, followed by the prisoners' status (released, cleared for release, still held, or, in five cases, deceased), their names (with just some of the many different permutations noted, in some cases), their nationality, and links or references to chapters in The Guantánamo Files. Links on the release dates feed into articles published when the prisoners were released. To establish more context, the chapters in the book, and the online chapters, deal with the following places in which the prisoners were seized (or, in other cases, their rendition and torture in secret prisons):
Captured in Afghanistan: Chapters 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 17, Website Extras 1, 2, 7, 8, 11, 12
Captured crossing from Afghanistan into Pakistan: Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, Website Extras 3, 4, 5, 6
Captured in Pakistan: Chapters 12, 13, Website Extras 9, 10
Subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and or detention in secret prisons: Chapters 16, 20, Website Extras 11
In addition, Chapter 8 refers to imprisonment at the US prison at Kandahar airport, Chapter 11 deals with the early months of Guantánamo's existence, Chapter 14 also deals with imprisonment in the US prison at Bagram airbase, Chapter 15 refers to torture and abuse in Guantánamo, Chapter 18 refers to legal challenges, and Chapter 19 refers to hunger strikes, suicide attempts and medical malpractice.
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