The base is home to about 6,000 troops, contractors, families and, of course, prisoners, who will not be invited to the show. Taking place in a bayside parking lot, the show is far enough away from the detention facility that those locked up won’t be able to enjoy the sounds of “Act A Fool,” “Stand Up” or “Area Codes.”
When the detention center was established in 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said it was to hold “extremely dangerous” individuals to prevent future terrorist attacks.
The detention of prisoners without trial and alleged inhumane treatment at Guantanamo Bay have been criticized by the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and President Barack Obama has said he hopes to close the facility before the end of his term.
Despite the controversy surrounding the venue, those living on the base are treated to a “Freedom Festival” yearly.