Pros And Cons Of Guantanamo Bay

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Guantanamo Bay The issue of keeping Guantanamo Bay open or closed is one worth looking at. Guantanamo has come under scrutiny since its conception in January of 2002 because of alleged violations of Habeas Corpus, which requires due process to anyone held in a United States prison. However, the Bush administration defined the prisoners as enemy combatants, which allowed them to be detained until the end of hostilities. Detaining international citizens with these justifications sheds light on gray areas in an otherwise black and white US judicial system. Should Guantanamo Bay remain an operating prison or should it close its doors? Congress feels they have the right to detain these individuals because of the Authorization for Use of Military…show more content…
Current legislation states “Military commissions satisfy the requirements of the Geneva Conventions, which are Odorizzi 2 the source of the detainees' rights. The rights in federal courts surpass the Geneva Conventions requirements and give detainees more than their status and the law demand” (Davis 1). There are 171 inmates, 48 of which have indefinite sentences. Under the Obama administration the US courts have been sorting out cases to determine threat level and have scheduled 80 inmates for release. The original issue was the protection of national security, which was compromised during the 9-11 attacks. To counteract those attacks, the Bush administration declared war on terrorism and built Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba. This prison was designed to hold the worst of the worst. Along with AUMF, Congress passed another act called the Military Commissions Act, in 2006, stripping all military courts of the right to hear Habeas Corpus, which was later repealed under the Obama administration in…show more content…
The rights in federal courts surpass the Geneva Conventions requirements and give detainees more than their status and the law demand.” (Davis 1). Although many strides have been made to shut down Guantanamo Bay, its still stands as the day the first prisoner arrived. With Congress allowing more rights to prisoners, the rate of release is increasing along with support from constitutional lawyers. Whether Guantanamo bay is democratic and justifiable will be answered through the actions of Obama and the prisoners. Odorizzi 4 Work Cited Clutter, Mason C. "Guantanamo Ten Years After 9/11." Human Rights 38.1 (2011): 2-5. Academic Search Complete. Web. 16 Nov. 2012. Davis, Morris. "Justice And Guantanamo Bay." (Nov 11, 2009), p. A.21.(n.d.): Web. 16 Nov. 2012. "Guantanamo At 10: U.S. Weighs Future Of Detainees." Morning Edition (n.d.): NA. Gale: History Resource Center--World (HITS). Web. 16 Nov. 2012. “Guantanamo Must be Closed.” (Dec 18, 2009), p.A.42.(n.d.): Web. 12 Nov. 2012 Jess, Bravin. "Guantanamo Bay Detainees Seek Hearings --- Lawyers Question Holding Suspected Terrorists Without Offering Legal Case Against Them." (Jul 3, 2002), p. A.4.(n.d.): Web. 16 Nov.

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