Out of Gitmo and Forever Prison
Together, in a one-hour, two-part report, Out of Gitmo and Forever Prison provide essential context for the continuing debate on what to do with the people still there — and what will happen to the camp going forward.
OUT OF GITMO
In the first segment, NPR and WGBH News correspondent Arun Rath follows the trail of one of the most recently released detainees from Gitmo to Serbia, where the government sent the former terror suspect. Rath, who has been covering Gitmo for years, talks with officials inside the camp and in Washington, including former Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, exploring the challenges and complexities of releasing men who were never charged with a crime but were once considered too great a risk to let go.
Rath’s reporting continues in a second segment, Forever Prison. In collaboration with Retro Report, the film draws on extensive and rare archival footage to tell the little known story of how the military base came to be used to hold people beyond the reach of U.S. law. It happened a decade before 9/11, when some 70,000 Haitian refugees fled their country, seeking asylum in the U.S. in the wake of a bloody coup.