International law expert Francis Boyle calls it this legally nihilistic "quasi-category....where human beings (including US citizens) can be disappeared, detained incommunicado, denied access to attorneys and regular courts, tried by kangaroo courts (with no right of appeal, convicted), executed, tortured, assassinated and subjected to" unspeakable treatment.
Whatever its wording, the notion is "a long-defunct World War II era legal category of dubious provenance....superseded by the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949" and their Common Article 3, requiring detainees to be treated humanely and prohibiting:
-- "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture (and) degrading treatment."
No longer under the bogus War on Terrorism where imperial rights replace human ones.
Of the original 517 Guantanamo detainees:
-- few at most committed violent acts;
-- many were randomly seized, guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time;
-- 95% were sold for bounty - $5,000 per claimed Taliban and $25,000 for alleged Al Queda members; and