For starters, I’d suggest checking out the 2004 Gitmo Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that the University of Minnesota has archived in their Human Rights Library. There’s a section that states:
Any books, which include the content listed below, will not be circulated and will be immediately returned to the source (e.g. ICRC, private donor, etc…):
(1) Extremism (Modernist writing that incites Jihad)
(2) Militant Islam / Militant Jihad
(3) Anti-American topics
(4) Anti-Semitic topics
(5) Anti-Western topics
(6) Any military topic
(7) Sexual situations.
(9) Language Instruction
(10) Technology/Medical Updates
It’s now 2017; it’s important that these aforementioned rules were crafted during the Bush years, and we don’t fully know how they evolved under Obama. I can’t offer evidence that the SOPs have been updated to reflect the addition of video games to the collection. I can say definitively that the Detainee Library does indeed now have dictionaries. The Joint Task Force is not willing to say much about their screening process of incoming materials, surprise, surprise. (NB: There’s also a lot to say about dictionaries at Gitmo, but I’m going to just…not bombard you with all of that info now in this blurb.)
It’s also worth noting - as an obvious disclosure - that while there’s merit in saying what can be seen in the library (i.e. what the collection looks like), there are A LOT of questions that remain related to circulation and what each detainee is permitted. Some lawyers are willing to speak to these issues; some of the individuals previously held at Gitmo are active on social media and occasionally comment. The looming question of how to best probe Gitmo from afar is one that is always, always, always on my mind. A lot of my own strategies have evolved.
The SOPs also offer this instruction about how [board] games are supposed to be handled:
Games need to be inspected for damage or lost pieces. If the game is damaged or has lost pieces, the detainee is to be disciplined for damage or destruction to government property. It is the detainee’s responsibility to inform the guards if a game piece is accidentally lost and will not be disciplined if detainee tells the guard. The detainee will be informed of this responsibility when the game is issued. Also, consult the damaged property matrix to determine the length of time the detainee loses the game.
Alas, your “biggest question” is a bit dicey, as unfortunately, the Joint Task Force will not respond to a question that gets at that level of specificity, because it involves parsing how many “highly compliant detainees” (their words, not mine) there are in each subsection of cells.
I too have a bunch of questions that I keep stored away. Sometimes, there are changes in the level of transparency, when new public affairs officers (PAOs) arrive at Gitmo, so it is good to just keep prodding and probing. And that’s what I’m committed to doing in the months and years ahead.