Muira McCammon is a freelance journalist and war crimes researcher. Her writings focus on the intersection of digital culture, Guantánamo, information policy, including the U.S. laws governing the deletion and disappearance of federal records and archives. She previously worked as a research assi...
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About GiTMO: Games
At Play in the Carceral State is a week-long series investigating play in, around, and about prisons and prison culture. Learn more here. I'm not the first person to investigate the place of games at Gitmo. Which was surprising to me, because in some ways, especially in the beginning, my investigation into the Detainee Library and its games always felt destined to be a failure, or an indulgence.
At Play in the Carceral State is a week-long series investigating play in, around, and about prisons and prison culture. Learn more here. Content warning for use of an ethnic slur. In the summer of 2016, I was in a crazed state of trying to footnote my thesis about the Guantánamo Bay Detainee Library. I desperately wanted to rejoin society, but more specifically, I wanted to rejoin whoever in society was having fun.
"It's a really out of the way place, and such an esoteric topic, honestly," says NC1 Sean McCormick. We are sitting in a sterile office in Gitmo, and I am a long way from my home out in the woods of western Massachusetts. "Out of the way" is a bit of an understatement. Some call Gitmo the "legal equivalent of outer space." To get here, I signed many documents.
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