Sep 1 12:54 PM

Life After Guantanamo


Fault Lines travels to Yemen to meet former Guantanamo detainees, and asks what have been the consequences of the US’ policy of indefinite detention.

President Obama still has not made good on the promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison that he signed on his first full day in office. Since then, US Congress has raised the political price of transferring detainees – even those held without charge and already cleared for release. And the President has refused to pay it. In this episode of Fault Lines, we travel to Yemen to meet men formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay. Have they been tempted to “return to the battlefield,” as Congress warns? Did years of detention, isolation and torture make them want to seek revenge against the United States? And how are they rebuilding their lives? We also meet the families of some of the men still detained and on hunger strike as they continue their fight for a life after Guantanamo.  Fault Lines asks why the US government officials has kept these men imprisoned for years, knowing that most of them couldn’t be charged with a crime against the United States. And we find out what the consequences of America’s policy of indefinite detention have been.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene, CORRESPONDENT: Wab Kinew @wabkinew, DP: Saeed Taji Farouky @saeedtaji (Yemen) with Singeli Agnew @singeli (DC) and Thierry Humeau, Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, PRODUCER: Andrea Schmidt @whatescapes, PRODUCER (YEMEN): Nasser Arrabyee @narrabyee, EDITOR: Adrienne Haspel, ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Abdulai Bah @africandobah, Nicole Salazar @nicolesalazar, TRANSLATION: Rabyaah Althaibani, Omar Duwaji @mideasternist, RESEARCH & PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Omar Duwaji @mideasternist, Ana Giraldo Wingler @awanderingorill, Jonathan Klett @jonathanklett, Mark Scialla @markscialla, SPECIAL THANKS to David Remes (@remesdh) who appeared in the film.

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