NPR 4 THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t


12 years have passed since the first detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base on Cuba.  Since then, 779 people have been held at the base’s notorious detention camp.  Today, 158 inmates still remain imprisoned there.  But in December, a Congressional deal made it easier for Guantanamo’s prisoners to be transferred to their home nations.  MARINE MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL LEHNERT was in charge of establishing the detention facility back in 2002.  Now retired, he says Guantanamo should never have been opened.  CAROL ROSENBERG is Military Affairs Correspondent at the Miami Herald.  Carol has covered Guantanamo since the first detainee arrived, and is just back from reporting there. MORE

PREVIOUSLY: As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure. MORE