Released From Guantanamo (Out of Gitmo) (full documentary)
26 Jul 2023
FRONTLINE and NPR followed the trail of one of the final detainees released by the Obama administration from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. (Aired 2017)
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When President Barack Obama first took office, he signed an executive order to close the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — where the U.S. has held terror suspects for years without charges. Though he didn’t succeed in closing Gitmo, a symbol of the post-9/11 “war on terror,” Obama made a final push to clear out the camp before President Donald Trump took over.
The documentary “Out of Gitmo” examines the challenges and complexities of releasing men who were once deemed “indefinite detainees” — those never charged with a crime but considered too great a risk to let go.
“Out of Gitmo” was a collaboration with NPR and WGBH News. The writer and producer was James Jacoby. The correspondent was NPR/WGBH News reporter Arun Rath. The senior producer was Frank Koughan. The senior investigations editor for NPR was Robert Little. “Out of Gitmo” was a production with Left/Right Docs. The executive producers for Left/Right Docs were Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver. The executive producer for FRONTLINE was Raney Aronson-Rath.
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Examining the Push to Release Guantanamo Detainees in Obama’s Last Year - 1:41
Meeting a Former Guantanamo Detainee on Hunger Strike - 6:55
Former Guantanamo Detainee: ‘We Were Like Animals in Cages’ - 17:36
Obama’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure Talks About Resettling Ex-Detainees - 27:42
The Guantanamo Bay Prison’s Future - 34:43
Credits - 38:00