The Bush administration shipped detainees to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and secret locations around the world, to avoid U.S. and international laws regarding the capture, detention and treatment of prisoners. Hundreds of men have been held in indefinite detention for years on the president's say-so, without court oversight. Politicians' statements that these men are "the worst of the worst" have skewed public debate and caused millions of Americans to regard the closing of Guantánamo Bay prison, and even the transfer of detainees to U.S. super-max prisons from which no one has ever escaped, with trepidation.
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