The US military abbreviation of the base located there is GTMO, which is pronounced either "gee-tee-em-oh", or "Gitmo". On this base is located Camp X-Ray.
The land is on lease from Cuba to the US, which means that it is not technically US soil; this is used as a loophole to allow activities in camp X-Ray that would in the US be against the letter of the constitution
, such as detaining people without pressing charge or giving them access to a lawyer
. Whether these practices are permissible is the source of hot debate, as they are clearly against the *spirit* of the constitution.
Because of this lack of legislation, Camp X-Ray is the place where the US holds people suspected of terrorism. Apart from the aforementioned lack of rights, it is also reported that inmates are maltreated and abused, both physically and mentally.
Access to Guantanamo Bay is very limited: human rights organisations and members press have hardly any access, and the same goes for those few lawyers that have clients there. (The majority of inmates does not have access to an attorney.)
In summary, Guantanamo Bay is a place where the US government does not deem itself bound by any law, and it appears to use that fact to abuse inmates away from the prying eyes of the world.
Headline: UN Rejects Cuban Call for Gitmo Probe
(Background: the EU withdrew its support.)
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp located on the Naval Base of The same name, which is in turn located on an island in the Guantanamo bay (this detention camp has become notorious for it's prisoners and ex-prisoners widely believed accusations of torture)
Gitmo may end up being closed.
short for Guantanamo Bay
scary place where suspected "enemy combatants
" are taken and then interrogated in order to determine whether they are terrorists or not.
this area is lawless; any fucking thing can happen. do the geneva conventions apply here? who knows?
a large percentage of detainees held are released much much later and labelled to be completely innocent. seems like they take just anybody.
for some reason, the clothes nick berg was wearing when he was decapitated are the uniforms from gitmo.
1. (v.) To be tortured, as in the U.S. Prison Camp at Guantanomo Bay (circa 2001-present).
eg. 'He was Gitmoed.' slang. 'He GOT Gitmoed.'; 'I'm going to Gitmo you.'
The U.S's prison for "enemy combatants" which legally have no rights because the land is on lease from Cuba and technically not US Soil.
Also the name of the least favorite Muppet.
Dude he called the white house and said he had a bomb so they sent him to Gitmo.
And now, lets go to our senior imprisoned corresponded Gitmo... - Daily Show
2. (n.) A bad situation.
eg. 'It was my own personal Gitmo.'; 'It was a real Gitmo.'
3. (adj.) The state of being uncool and causing pain or duress.
'That was Gitmo.'; 'Your parents are total Gitmo.'