Camp Echo (Guantanamo Bay)
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Camp Echo is one of seven Guantanamo Bay detention camps associated with Camp Delta, the prisoners' camp, at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, run by the United States military. The maximum-security facility is used to hold detainees in solitary confinement, as well as for interrogations by the military.
Housed here are also detainees scheduled for Military Commissions, and those considered "high value detainees" by the Defense Department. In addition, detainees are brought here for private consultation with their attorneys.
Camp Echo consists of separate one-story buildings, each a cell divided into two rooms by mesh grates. This division allows lawyers to consult with detainees in the area of their cells. Military officials also use the facilities to interrogate detainees, shackling them to the floor. The eight feet by ten feet (2.4 m by 3 m) concrete buildings have narrow, slotted translucent plastic in the doors but no real windows; they are air-conditioned and heated. The cell side contains a toilet and a cot. The visitor side contains a table and chairs.
Martin Mubanga, a British resident who was released without charges in January 2005 after being held for nearly three years, described being subjected to extremes of heat and cold during interrogation, which during one period happened on a daily basis. He and other former prisoners have described other abuses and torture at the hands of American interrogators.
Outside visitors to Camp Echo, such as attorneys for detainees, must pass through several guarded checkpoint gates. The camp is surrounded by high razor wire fences and is shrouded behind a thick green mesh. Walkways are drawn in the crushed white rock on the ground of the camp, and visitors are instructed to stay within these boundaries.
Camp Echo is under 24-hour guard by U.S. military police. Air patrol is provided by the Federal Air Marshals, and coastal protection is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, both of which are part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Camp Delta is composed of detention camps 1, 2, 3, 4. Camp Echo is near it.
- David Rose, "How I entered the hellish world of Guantanamo Bay", as told by Martin Mubanga, The Guardian, 5 February 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2013
- Scott Russell, "From Downtown Minneapolis to Guantanamo", 7 April 2005, from Skyways.net, at Cageprisoners. Retrieved 11 February 2013
- "Camp Echo" profile, Global Security