Award-winning artist Molly Crabapple took a trip to Guantanamo Bay and documented the experience with drawings and writing. Her lengthy essay on her time there, accompanied by examples of her artwork, offers a visceral look inside the prison, which has lost much of the public's attention.
Crabapple visited the HuffPost Live studio on Aug. 5 to discuss her work and what she found at Gitmo with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.
She talked about the "incredible amount of control" at the prison, referencing the fact that her drawings of court proceedings were created from behind three layers of bulletproof glass. She also had a pair of glasses confiscated as "prohibited ocular amplification," and she couldn't bring anything out of the courtroom unless it was checked by an official court censor.
"There's this very tight visual control, but there's also the fact that you're being watched," she said. "You work out of a media operation center that's filled with soldiers. Your telephone has a sticker on it that says 'use constitutes consent to monitoring.'"
But the biggest shock was realizing that about 86 percent of prisoners housed there were not actually captured by the United States, she said. In many cases, they were captured by civilians from Afghanistan or Pakistan and turned over to Americans for $5,000 bounties.
"So many of these men, we don't even really know if they were enemy combatants," Crabapple said. "There's no real standard of proof that we would apply in an American court."
Catch the full interview with Molly Crabapple at HuffPost Live HERE.
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