Guantanamo As Propaganda

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U.S. Military Police guard Taliban and al Qaeda detainees in orange jumpsuits January 11, 2002 in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama and other proponents of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center have often said that it is used by terrorists as a recruitment tool. Is it true? How much does Guantanamo figure into jihadist propaganda? Cody Poplin of the Brookings Institution is co-author (with Sebastian Brady) of a study examining the prison's propaganda value. He speaks with Bob about Guantanamo's complicated value and why other issues seem to be emphasized more in jihadi messaging.


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