Guantánamo WikiLeaks Dataset, version 1.2
This dataset contains a matrix of incriminations between Guantánamo detainees as well as attribute dataset. The sources of this data set are JTF-GTMO-authored Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) on 765 detainees at Guantánamo, which were published by WikiLeaks in April 2011. There is one DAB available for each of the 765 detainees. The date of the DABs ranges from 2002 to 2009, with a considerable number of reports (45 to 176) available for every year except 2009 (two reports). Each DAB gives a summary of the current state of knowledge that the JTF-GTMO has about the detainee and an assessment of whether he should remain under Department of Defense (DoD) control (‘‘stay at Guantánamo’’) or be released. We manually extracted information from the DABs to create (a) a dataset on the characteristics of the detainees (attribute variables) and (b) a one-mode network of the incriminating statements between detainees (structural variable). There are twenty-five attribute variables including the number of incriminating statements sent (outdegree) and received (indegree), release recommendation (release and stay at Guantánamo), age, nationality, health status, year of transfer to Guantánamo, assessed threat risk, intelligence value, risk from the detention perspective, and affiliation with terrorist organizations (cf. Online Appendix of Deutschmann 2014 for a complete list with detailed descriptions). The attribute variables are available for up to 770 detainees, while 797 detainees are part of the network. Hence, the dataset contains information on almost the whole population of Guantánamo detainees. The structural variable consists of incriminating statements (ties) of one detainee (sender) against another detainee (receiver) during interrogations. For details about the coding procedure, see Deutschmann (2014).
Due to the sensible nature of the data, this dataset is not publicly available for download. However, I may make it available for research purposes on a request basis. If you would like to use this dataset, please contact me, including a short description of your intended project.
Please cite as:
Deutschmann, E. (2014). “Between Collaboration and Disobedience: The Behavior of the Guantánamo Detainees and its Consequences”, Journal of Conflict Resolution, ahead-of-print. DOI: 10.1177/0022002714545331.