Friday, May 13, 2011

Guantanamo Bay lease is "a territorial Frankenstein's monster"

Michael Strauss
Michael Strauss uncovered "diplomatic mistakes" and more while researching the U.S. lease of Guantanamo Bay.
Strauss, a lecturer at the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris, is a former journalist who studies territorial leases.
In 2009, he wrote a book called, "The Leasing of Guantanamo Bay." The book publisher's calls the lease "a territorial Frankenstein's monster that is running amok outside the respective legal systems of its parties and outside the bounds of international law."
The publisher continues:
Post-2002 events at the U.S. naval facility at Guantanamo Bay have generated a spate of books on its use as a detention center in the U.S. fight against terrorism. Yet the crucial enabling factor-the lease that gave the U.S. control over the territory in Cuba-has till now escaped any but cursory consideration.
The Leasing of Guantanamo Bay explains just how Guantanamo Bay came to be a leased territory where the U.S. has no sovereignty and Cuba has no jurisdiction. This is the first definitive account of the details and workings of the unusual and problematic state-to-state leasing arrangement that is the essential but murky foundation for all the ongoing controversies about Guantanamo Bay's role in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, charges of U.S. human rights violations, and U.S.-Cuban relations.
For more on the topic, see this 8-minute interview with Strauss, who took part in the Cuba Futures: Past and Present conference in New York City.

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