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The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center represents a grave clash of justices. In real time, the post-violence transitional politics of accountability, protection, vindication and healing are untidy at best and deeply conflictual at worst. After the exposure of disturbing human rights violations committed against the Guantanamo detainees, worldwide condemnation wracked the standing of the United States, calling into question its self-proclaimed status as a defender of human security and freedom. Focusing on the closure of Guantanamo prison and the reintegration of the remaining detainees housed there, this article argues that the United States is in need of reconstructing its integrity and that many of the current prisoners are in need of an integrative justice. The current emphasis on extra-legal justifications and the punitive system presently being applied will only continue to sharpen the divide of the identity discourses between West and East, Christian and Muslim, terrorist and freedom fighter, and what constitutes justice and injustice for the Guantanamo Bay detainees. To this end, the authors propose a hybrid justice model that integrates trauma recovery and restorative justice frameworks and their respective practices into the international retributive justice system already in place. (author's abstract)

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