For their two-part report on "Gitmo," correspondent Lesley Stahl and
producer Rich Bonin were granted rare access to film the detention camp,
detainees, and guards who all unhappily coexist at Guantanamo Bay Naval
Base in Cuba.
Many of the accused terrorists and al Qaeda fighters detained at Gitmo have been stuck there without charge or trial since Camp X-Ray, the first detention facility at the base, opened after 9/11--it's a state of affairs Stahl and Bonin say can only be described as "limbo."
"Limbo is on the border of hell and Guantanamo Bay in many ways feels like the border of hell," said Bonin. "Everybody is trapped to some degree."
Bonin said he and Stahl began to notice that a feeling of being trapped pervades the entire base: "It's a tremendous amount of moral pressure, political pressure, it tests your own values and it tests your country's values."
Watch this week's 60 Minutes Overtime feature to hear Stahl and Bonin describe their trip to Gitmo and show more of their footage, not seen in the 60 Minutes broadcast.
Ever wonder what the U.S. naval base at Gitmo was like before 9/11? Mike Wallace took 60 Minutes cameras there in 1972 and found it to be "strangely tranquil." Have a look in this week's 60 Minutes Rewind.