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December 10, 2008

Scenes from Guantánamo Bay

During a military judicial hearing on Monday in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other detainees charged with coordinating the attacks of September 11th told Judge Col. Stephen Henley that they wished to stop filing legal motions and to confess in full. However, some of the detainees hedged their statement - suggesting they might change their minds if they could not be assured of execution. By January, some of the nearly 250 men at Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility will have been locked up for seven years. Collected here are photos of the multiple detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay - all photographs either reviewed by or released by the U.S. Military. (30 photos total)

A detainee washes his hands in Camp 6 high-security detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. By January, some of the men will have been locked up on this U.S. military base in Cuba for seven years. President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to close the detention center at Guantánamo and is weighing what to do with the roughly 250 foreigners who are being held. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Razor wire lines a fence in the Camp 4 detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

A detainee walks past a cell block in Camp 4 medium-security detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

An image shows part of the closed "Camp X-Ray" overgrown with vegetation at US Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, December 9, 2008. The camp was in operation from January 2002 to April 2002. Some 300 prisoners were housed there before it closed. (REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (CUBA) #

Camp X-Ray as it looks today. The facility has not been used since early 2002, and recent heavy rains at Guantánamo Bay have brought about overgrowth. (Kathleen T. Rhem) #

This picture taken on July 23, 2008 shows an exercise area of the detention center at Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. (Randall Mikkelsen/AFP/Getty Images) #

The sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound at Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba on June 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsleyl, File) #

An arrow in the recreation yard at Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba points the direction to Mecca, the Islamic holy city, so the detainees know which way to face if the call to prayer sounds while they are outside. Every cell and recreation yard has similar arrows. Photo taken in April, 2006. (U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood) #

An Arabic instructor in the detainee literacy program at Joint Task Force Guantánamo prepares his notes before teaching an advanced course in October of 2007. The program aims to improve educational opportunities for detainees. (Army Spc. Shanita Simmons) #

The cell of a non-compliant detainee at Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Photo taken in April, 2006. (U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood) #

In this Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, a Guantánamo guard watches over detainees, not pictured, in the exercise area at Camp 5 maximum-security facility at Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) #

A "Camp Justice" sign is seen near high-security courtroom which will hold the pre-trial sessions for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants on charges related to the 9/11 attacks at Camp Justice, on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan,Pool) #

All detainees at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are given a copy of the Koran. Surgical masks are provided to the detainees so they can keep the Koran off the floor and prevent guards from touching it. Photo taken in April, 2006. (U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood) #

A detainee kicks a soccer ball around the central recreation yard at Camp 4, Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, June 10, 2008, during his daily outdoor recreation time. Detainees in Camp 4 get up to 12 hours of daily of outdoor recreation, including two hours in a central recreation yard. (U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Cleveland) #

The cell block on a typical ward in Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Photo taken in April, 2006. (U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood) #

A Guantánamo detainee sleeps in his cell in the Camp 5 detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

Col. Bruce Vargo, the joint detention group commander at Guantánamo Bay, gives a tour of a detainee holding cell to Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Jan. 13, 2008. During his stop, Mullen held an all-hands call with service members stationed on the island and visited detention facilities and the new expeditionary legal complex that will be used to try high-value combatants detained in the global war on terrorism. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley) #

Joint Task Force Troopers man an entranceway into Camp Delta as seen during dawn on Sept. 24, 2007. (JTF Guantánamo photo by Army Sgt. Joseph Scozzari) #

Waves crash upon the Guantánamo Bay coastline as Tropical Storm Noel ran through the Caribbean Oct. 31, 2007. Noel produced heavy rain and gusting winds in the first heavy storm to hit Guantanmo since Hurricane Dean in early August. (JTF Guantánamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class William Weinert) #

The detainee library offers more than 7,500 books and one of the most requested titles is the "Harry Potter" series. The reading materials are distributed to the detainees on a weekly basis. Photo taken Oct. 23, 2007. (JTF Guantánamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Billings) #

Guards patrol inside Joint Task Force Guantánamo's Camp Six, Aug. 25, 2008. Camp Six is a maximum security facility which is modeled after a stateside federal prison. (JTF Guantánamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Treadwell) #

Army Col. Lawrence Morris, chief prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions, addresses media personnel during a press conference following the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 co-conspirators in McCalla Hangar here June 5, 2008. (JTF Guantánamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Nat Moger) #

A detainee rubs his eyes after morning prayers in Camp 4 medium-security detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

A U.S. flag hangs in the military courtroom used for trying detainees accused of war crimes on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

A Guantánamo detainee peers through a steel grate as guards walk nearby in the Camp 5 detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

Detainees pray before dawn in the Camp 4 detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

A traditional Muslim prayer rug sits folded next to slippers and flip flops, which are among the basic items provided to detainees, on a cot in Camp 4 medium-security detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

A watch tower at the detention center, in Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base, in Cuba, seen on July 23, 2008. (Randall Mikkelsen/AFP/Getty Images) #

A sign in Camp 4, the medium security facility within Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, signals the detainees' prayer time. Photo taken in April, 2006. (U.S. Army Sgt. Sara Wood) #

A detainee peers through a plastic window in Camp Iguana detention facility on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

 
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