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Imprisoning Terrorists: Human Rights, Security, and Resistance after Guantanamo Bay
Unformatted Document Text:  and television. Religious services of numerous denominations are piped in from a small chapel. The one small window in each cell is high up, looking directly up at the sky - making it hard for a prisoner to work out which part of the jail he is in - or into an exercise yard. Escape is almost impossible as it is built into the side of a mountain, with all access through a single tunnel. It has 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors, motion detectors, pressure pads and gun towers. (MacAskill, 2006) In the most tightly monitored part of the facility, known as the "control unit," inmates are kept in segregation at all times -- living, sleeping and eating in individual cells poured from concrete that measure approximately 7 feet by 11 feet. They are designed to ensure that inmates cannot speak to or make eye contact with each other, according to defense lawyers, human rights advocates and others who have had access to the facility. Some prisoners are monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras in their cells, as Moussaoui has been during his years in the Alexandria jail. (Eggen, 2006) In 1989, in a case called Soering v. United Kingdom , the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling regarding the American death penalty and extradition that has important implications for assessments of supermaximum prison and perhaps future extradition of terrorist suspects to the United States. The ECHR found that “the very long period of time spent on death row in . . . extreme conditions, with the ever-present and mounting anguish of awaiting execution” could violate the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 3, which states that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” In this context, certain US prison conditions, 19

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and television. Religious services of numerous denominations are piped in from a small 
chapel. The one small window in each cell is high up, looking directly up at the sky - making 
it hard for a prisoner to work out which part of the jail he is in - or into an exercise yard. 
Escape is almost impossible as it is built into the side of a mountain, with all access through a 
single tunnel. It has 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors, motion detectors, pressure pads and 
gun towers. (MacAskill, 2006)
In the most tightly monitored part of the facility, known as the "control unit," inmates are 
kept in segregation at all times -- living, sleeping and eating in individual cells poured from 
concrete that measure approximately 7 feet by 11 feet. They are designed to ensure that 
inmates cannot speak to or make eye contact with each other, according to defense lawyers, 
human rights advocates and others who have had access to the facility. Some prisoners are 
monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras in their cells, as Moussaoui has been 
during his years in the Alexandria jail. (Eggen,  2006) 
In 1989, in a case called Soering v. United Kingdom , the European Court of Human Rights 
(ECHR) issued a ruling regarding the American death penalty and extradition that has important 
implications for assessments of supermaximum prison and perhaps future extradition of terrorist 
suspects to the United States. The ECHR found that “the very long period of time spent on death 
row in . . . extreme conditions, with the ever-present and mounting anguish of awaiting 
execution” could violate the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and 
Fundamental Freedoms, Article 3, which states that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to 
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” In this context, certain US prison conditions, 
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