Trump promised to “load up” the military prison in the US navel base Guantánamo Bay in Cuba with “some bad dudes,” but since then very little has been said by the president on its future. However, in July 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the secure facility as a “very fine place for holding these types of dangerous criminals,” hinting that there may be plans to reinvigorate activity at Guantanamo. The prison and its current 41 inhabitants have slipped from the news agenda, which argues Magnum’s Peter van Agtmael, is symptomatic of America’s “steady forgetting” when it comes to its wars and their consequences.
Peter van Agtmael, who has spent a near decade documenting America’s wars and their rippling effects back home in the States, visited Guantanamo Bay in January 2017. Here, he discusses his trip, in light of his ongoing dedicated exploration of war, America, politics and society. Continue reading.