13 April 2008
Gitmo Files and Photos:
The biggest change to Guantánamo has been the completion of Camp 5, in 2005, and Camp 6, the following year. Most of the detainees now reside there. They are modern federal-prison structures, brick-for-brick copies of a pair of existing facilities, one in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the other in Lenawee, Michigan. The scenes inside, for better or worse, resemble those at most Supermax facilities. The prisoners spend about twenty-two hours a day inside climate-controlled, eight-foot-by-twelve-foot cells, with no televisions or radios, and generally leave only for showers or for recreation in small open-air cages.
Painted on the floor of all cells are arrows pointing toward Mecca, and through the cell doors the detainees can hear each other pray five times a day. Each tier of cells appoints a prayer leader who gets a signImamon his door. About two years ago, there were a hundred detainees on hunger strikes demanding an end to their terms, or at least a finite sentence; the number has declined to about ten, although one inmate has been refusing food for more than eight hundred days, and another for nine hundred days. (These prisoners are force-fed twice daily, via a tube through the nose.) Interview rooms for interrogations are outfitted with blue couches for the detainees. Camp 6 had been intended as a medium-security alternative to Camp 5, but after a series of near-riots by the detainees, in 2006, it, too, was converted to maximum-security status. The so-called high value defendants are held at Camp 7. This is a secret location at the base and is never shown to reporters.
Camp 7: Very little is known about this secret camp within the camps, whose existence was revealed Dec. 8, 2007, in declassified notes belonging to the only attorneys ever to meet so far with former CIA-held captives. The camp is not on the tours that the prison camps run each week for visiting media or other dignitaries, and the Pentagon has so far declined to provide information on the camp's costs or other details about its establishment. It is not run by the same senior military officer who runs the Joint Detention Group at Guantánamo, an Army colonel who holds the job on a rotational basis. A Military spokesman at Guantánamo says it is a Department of Defense facility officially declared off-limits to visitors by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and will not identify the name, rank or service of the officer in charge. Opened: Date unknown. Current detainee population: About 15.
More on Camp 7: http://www.miamiherald.com/guantanamo/story/409334.html
Architects of the Guantanamo Prison are not easily identified. Guantanamo Prison Camp 6 was designed by the architectural firm of Schenkel Schultz Architecture, which has offices in several US cities. While it lists several prisons on its website, Guantanamo Camp 6 is not among them. However, Fabcor, a prison equipment supplier, lists:
|Based on the aerial photo of Camp 5 plan, below, the slot-windowed
elevations, Camp 5 looks more like the Terre Haute prison than Camp 6 which
has no exterior windows. Schnkel Schultz may have designed both camps.
As noted above the model for Camp 6 is the US prison at Terre Haute, Indiana, designed by Schenkel Schutz:
US prison at Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute Correctional Facility, Indiana
Lenawee County Jail, Michigan
Camp 6 was probably designed in the Schenkel Schultz Orlando, FL, office: