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Søren Thilo Funder: Those Who Are Held
In Waiting
, 2010.
Video, DVD sat på pause.

"These prisoners [the detainees at Guantanamo Bay] are detained, indefinitely; they are not really called “prisoners” since then the rights pertaining to prisoners would come into play. They are “detainees,” those who are held in waiting, those for whom waiting may well be without end. To the extent that the state arranges for this pre-legal state as an “indefinite” one, it maintains that there will be those held by the government for whom the law does not apply, not only in the present, but for the indefinite future. In other words, there will be those for whom the protection of law is indefinitely postponed. The state, in the name of its right to protect itself and, hence, in the name of its sovereignty, extends its power in excess of the law; for if the detention is indefinite, then so, too, is the lawless exercise of state sovereignty. In this sense, indefinite detention provides the condition for the indefinite exercise of extra-legal state power."

(Judith Butler: Precarious Life

På fladskærmen ses overvågningskameraernes optagelser fra det første offentliggjorte interview med en indsat på Guantanamo. Den indsatte er Omar Khadr, som er canadisk statsborger og den yngste, der har været tilbageholdt på Guantanamo. Optagelserne består af fire kameravinkler, men den ene er sort, da kameraet var slukkket. DVD afspilleren er sat på pause, hvilket kan ses af et synligt pause ikon i det ene hjørne af skærmen.

Det levende billede er blevet udspændt i en vedvarende udskydelse.
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