Destroying the notorious Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo is a huge mistake


Preserving sites with the most shameful or contested histories is critical for building democracy

The Pentagon this week announced it will tear down Camp X-Ray, the first temporary facility at Guantánamo where “enemy combatants” were imprisoned in 2002.

Despite a US federal court’s preservation order, the Pentagon argued it did not need to preserve the physical site because the FBI has created a 3D digital reconstruction.

Sev 4dSuch a virtual tour is in no way a substitute for preserving the original site. Destroying the physical structure of Camp X-Ray would destroy both vital legal evidence and…

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