March 14, 2013
One of the many lasting legacies from the 9-11 terrorists attacks will be the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists in the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo, Cuba. It is a moment in this country’s history that will undoubtedly be discussed for decades to come, as we all recall these prisoners — detained outside of the United States and not afforded due process under our judicial system — and debate the moral issues behind their confinement.
When the military trials at Guantanamo began in 2006, no cameras were permitted in the courtroom, and only one sketch artist — Janet Hamlin — was allowed inside to document the events, creating sketches of the prisoners which grant them a measure of dignity they’d otherwise not been afforded, while giving all of us a glimpse at this significant moment in our nation’s history. Yesterday, Fantagraphics announced that it will publish Sketching Guantanamo, a collection of Hamlin’s “most potent and revealing sketches” from the trials.
From a statement released by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth:
“Janet’s courtroom sketches and commentary comprises a significant moral document, of interest to every citizen who cares about what the United States government is doing in his and her name. Sketching Guantanamo helps bring out of the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny these extra-judicial trials.”