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Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814786437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814786437.001.0001

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Antecedents of Imperial Incarceration

Antecedents of Imperial Incarceration

Fort Marion to Guantánamo

(p.350) 14 Antecedents of Imperial Incarceration
The Sun Never Sets

Manu Vimalassery

NYU Press

This chapter examines historical precedents for U.S. imperial prisons and how they are related to the “War on Terror.” Focusing on Guantánamo in Cuba and Fort Marion in Florida, it considers regional connections and precedents for “War on Terror” incarceration techniques for settler colonial imprisonment. It critiques the United States's policies of imprisonment and torture, which it argues are reminiscent of earlier entanglements that characterized military prisons masquerading as schools and tourist spectacles. It describes the process of incorporation and quarantining that formed part of the “War on Terror,” similar to the forced assimilation of indigenous people into an expanding U.S. nation-state that emerged through the imposition of settler control and the enactment of settler sovereignty. The chapter suggests that, contrary to criticisms of U.S. antiterrorism policies, the “War on Terror” is not entirely “unprecedented”.

Keywords:   imperial prisons, War on Terror, Guantánamo, Cuba, Fort Marion, incarceration, imprisonment, torture, military prisons, antiterrorism

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