Camp seven (Guantanamo)

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Coordinates: 19°54′49.69″N 75°07′18.85″W / 19.9138028°N 75.1219028°W / 19.9138028; -75.1219028

Camp Seven (also known as Camp Platinum) is the most secure camp known within the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1][2] Its existence was kept secret for the first two years of its use. It was constructed to hold the fourteen "high-value detainees"[3] who had been held by the CIA, and were transferred to military custody on September 6, 2006.

The detainees held in this camp don hoods when transferred from the camp to other locations for their military commission or other purposes.[4][5] Some of the detainees, who faced charges before the Guantanamo military commissions, had attorneys who were initially told that they could not interview their clients. The attorneys were told it would be a breach of the camp's security for them to know the camp's location.[6] When attorneys Suzanne Lachelier and Richard Federico offered to wear the same hoods the detainees wore to visit the camp, they were eventually allowed to visit the camp without wearing blindfolds. They were transported to the camp in the same windowless van as the detainees, so they did not know the camp's location.

A recent budget request from the United States Southern Command for new prison construction at the base was presumed by reports to be for the replacement of Camp 7, though specifics of existing facilities were not discussed.[7]

See also[edit]

  • Camp No—an alleged secret detention and interrogation facility


  1. ^ Patrick M. Walsh (2009-02-23). "DoD News Briefing With Adm. Walsh From The Pentagon". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ "'Platinum' captives held at off-limits Gitmo camp". Miami Herald. 2008-02-07. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ Leopold, Jason (Nov 4, 2011). "DOD Won't Say What Prompted Guantanamo Commander To Order "Security Search" Of High-Value Detainees' Cells". The Public Record. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  4. ^ Andrea J. Prasow (2008-04-23). "U.S. v. Hamdan - Special Request for Relief - Supplement". Office of Military Commissions. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  5. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2009-05-13). "Guantanamo judge who defied Obama issues new ruling". The State. Archived from the original on 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Lawyers See Secret Section of Gitmo". The Ledger. 2008-11-17. p. A14. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  7. ^ Charlie Savage (2013-03-21). "Money Requested for New Prison at Guantánamo". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22.