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Inside Guantanamo Bay 

Explorer takes an inside look at the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It chronicles the daily routines of both captives and guards and considers the legal status of the detainees.


Bonni Cohen, Jon Else


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Episode credited cast:
Omer Al-Madani Omer Al-Madani ... Himself - Detained, 2002-2008
Said Ali Al-Shihri Said Ali Al-Shihri ... Himself - Guantanamo Recidivist (archive footage)
Moazzam Begg Moazzam Begg ... Himself - Detained, 2003-2005
Bradford Berenson Bradford Berenson ... Himself - Associate White House Legal Counsel, 2001-2003
Wolf Blitzer ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Katie Couric ... Herself - Reporter (archive footage)
Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Salim Hamdan Salim Hamdan ... Himself - Guantanamo Prisoner (archive footage)
Sarah Havens Sarah Havens ... Herself - Civilian Defense Attorney
Pat McCarthy Pat McCarthy ... Himself - Staff Judge Advocate, Guantanamo 2006-2008 (as Captain Pat McCarthy)
Abdullah Mehsud Abdullah Mehsud ... Himself - Guantanamo Recidivist (archive footage)
Alberto J. Mora Alberto J. Mora ... Himself - Former Navy General Counsel
Ali Shah Mousavi Ali Shah Mousavi ... Himself - Detained, 2003-2006 (as Dr. Ali Shah Mousavi)


Explorer takes an inside look at the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It chronicles the daily routines of both captives and guards and considers the legal status of the detainees.

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5 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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"National Geographic Explorer" Inside Guantanamo Bay... Camp X-Factor
22 June 2009 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

"National Geographic Explorer" Inside Guantanamo Bay: 6 out of 10: National Geographic was given access to all but one of the various prisons at the Guantanamo naval base on the island nation of Cuba. The base holds prisoners captured while fighting the war on terror; and was used to house said prisoners without those pesky habeas corpus rulings or Geneva Convention rights. (The idea was that the base is in Cuba so it did not count as constitutional territory like a regular military base or embassy would; out of bounds if you will. Yes, an adult thought this up; why do you ask?) Well, needless to say, you do not have to be a flaming liberal to see how holding prisoners indefinitely without charge or redress is a bad idea. The Supreme Court promptly slapped the Bush administration into next Tuesday; and politicians of all stripes quickly began defending themselves against Americans who had previously read that pesky Constitution. The Obama administration has quickly moved to close the jail, and therefore this chapter in American history. The jail at Guantanamo will go down with Prohibition and the 55-mile an hour speed limit as one of those what were they thinking moments All of which makes a good chunk of Inside Guantanamo Bay mute. What we are left with is a military version of MSNBC’s Lockup. In fact, Guantanamo so resembles a regular prison in America, one really wonders why the most of the prisoners cannot be moved to say Leavenworth or Pelican Bay. A few things I did learn from the hour and a half documentary. The prison “guards” are just kids and woefully undertrained. Don’t be a dick seems a good rule of thumb. Female civil rights lawyers are sexy. Cuba has some big lizards. I have George W Bush fatigue. (I found myself cringing when they showed his clips.)

Overall, more of an interesting historical novelty rather than a cutting edge documentary. Guantanamo is certainly no Abu Ghraib and the sailors, for the most part, have nothing to be ashamed off in the way they conducted themselves. As for the politicians on both sides of the aisle? Well they should have known better.

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