Camp Justice (always recognized as Camp Al-Adala) was a joint Iraqi-US military facility in Baghdad’s Kadhimiya neighborhood. Thus, it clearly shows that it is located in Iraq. The first thing that bothers us regarding “Camp Justice” at Guantanamo Bay is indeed the insurmountable challenge that’s been spent on building what was never necessary. Despite the fact that national government have already been questioning, prosecuting, and incarcerating terrorists for even more than 200 years, the U.S. decision was made that after September 11, 2001, a completely new method of doing just that was required.
“Camp Justice” Isn’t All Play and Games
Camp Justice Iraq was built within a matter of months. In order to cover very few hundred men who could be held far more efficiently and professionally in elevated headquartered in the United States, an overwhelming military camp was established, finalize with accommodation for prosecutors, reporters, spectators, two new government buildings, and heavy security featuring endless winding of guard towers. It also lacked the medical facilities or private quarters required for prisoners, including defense counsel, and they still lack all these today. It costs $100 million.
What is Camp Justice?
The area of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base at which military councils are conducted is known as Camp Justice. In a battle to title the base, TSgt Neil Felver of something like the 122 Civil Engineering Squadron gave it its identity. The project originally intended to be a lasting building, worth over $hundreds of millions of dollars. The Bush Administration’s policy objectives were rejected by the US Congress. The encampment will now become a transitory, transportable building that will spend around $10 million.
Reporter Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star provided an overview of the security checks media must pass in able to join proceedings on Jan 2, 2008:
- Only one pen was allowed to bring with reporter.
- Whenever a female reporter was wearing an elasticated bra, they were stopped and questioned;
- Journalists also weren’t encouraged to take their customary coil-ring sticky notes;
- Before departing, the bus carrying journalists to the council chamber is inspected for weapons;
- Associated press descend, go thru the body scanners, and have analytical sensors smell them for symptoms of proximity to explosions 200 meters from either the courtroom;
- Only eight reporters are permitted in the hearing room; the other eight must use closed-circuit television to observe;
In Nov 1, 2008, David McFadden of the Press Association said that while he and two other reporter attended Ali Hamza al-military Bahlul’s court in October 2008, the 100 tents set up to house attorneys, journalists, and spectators for the military commissions remained essentially abandoned. The center of the camp, where council meets, was left unoccupied.
The ongoing military commissions led to the temporary transfer to Camp Justice of about 40 to 50 prisoners, according to lawyers. Most of the remainder are held in isolation, and all have been shackled and forced to sleep on concrete. The 40 prisoners live in three basic compounds, a central prison yard, and the tents on either side of it, according to Capt. Robert Durand, a military prosecutor.
Advantages And Disadvantages of Camp Justice
The proximity to the Military Commissions Trial is a benefit of shelter residing at Camp Justice. The drawback is that there is nothing else around, especially food. Your escorts can then take you on a tour of the base in search of food. Types of food are often served at the Navy food court, which is a few kilometers away. The NGO members are also reminded of the military clothing code at every meal. So, if you plan to go shopping with NGO members to look for some clothing, the security will be on your tail to check out your item.
Accessibility is also an advantage. The three-kilometer-plus trek to the base is on foot and/or by car. So if you have to go out of your way to go out of town, you can do so. There is also an area known as the prison camp where you can park, pick up your military escort, and visit the housing units. You need to be there before 09:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, which gives the three days to complete your walk to the base, which normally takes about 30 to 45 minutes, but with the extra gear needed to complete a walk in close proximity to the military camp, it can take a little longer.
What Are You Likely To See There?
If you can afford to pay, the inside of the military court can be your personal tour. Take the following precautions, especially if you go on your own.
- Do not forget the shoes.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat, sunglasses, and wrap a jacket around yourself.
- Bring along snacks and water bottles.
- A security escort must accompany you.
- Dress the way you would if you were going shopping, because you’ll be noticed.
- Wear gloves, since you will see some people have painful injuries due to radiation.
How To Proceed?
The walk from your hotel to Camp Justice, through the camp, begins as soon as you step out of your room and is about a half hour.
- Decide when you want to visit to avoid the heat and sun and if there is rain.
- You should have a full bladder and be able to walk at a fast pace.
- Take the back way to Camp Justice, which is behind the [Freedom Gate] at the rear of the base and on the other side of the road.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- Make sure to wrap up in the jacket or sweater if it is cold.
- With your escort, as a family unit, dress to blend in with the other Muslims who visit the court.
Camp Justice Iraq is one of the popular military camp in Baghdad. The exteriors are so up to date and neat that it is hard to believe that a group of terrorists could hide themselves among them. It is a wonderful asset to Camp Justice in that there are no other similar tents to remind the public that an actual place of war exists there.
Since it is not located near the Green Zone, it can be visited by the general public. If you are a journalist and visiting a press briefing with the military, this is the perfect way to get the inside scoop on the latest news. It is a great place to escape the intense heat and humidity that we are experiencing.