Three Day Series: Guantánamo Bay [day 3]

The Camp Delta prison was opened at a US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on 11 January 2002 to house ‘war on terror’ prisoners. The deadline set by Barack Obama to close it came and went two years ago. Furthermore, the practice of indefinite detention without trial has been codified into United States law with the recent adoption of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Today is the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay and what should be done is to prosecute promptly the remaining Guantanamo detainees in accordance with international fair trial standards, or release them. Period.

Is it or is it not true that we are a country who believes in the right to equal justice under law?

Explain to me the law behind what happens at Guantánamo Bay? Are we following our rules of holding a fair trial within a reasonable time before an independent and impartial tribunal? No. We are not.

People were brought to this prison and tortured in hopes to get them to admit guilt in most cases to something they did not do. There are many who have lost limbs, eyes, hands, etc. due to their treatment at Guantánamo Bay. The torture they went through would have been sufficient interrogation means to establish guilt and yet guilt was not found. These men were excused after years of being held captive, sent to whomever would take them with all of their health problems in hopes that their families would accept them back. Hundreds of men, tortured for years without being told why and without a trial…never convicted of a crime.

It is simple. As I said in an earlier statement, I will repeat… prosecute promptly the remaining Guantanamo detainees in accordance with international fair trial standards, or release them. Period.

It is an outrage to just sit back and let an 11th year begin with the same savage happenings taking place at US hand. I do not want to hear about what any other country or person is doing at this moment. It is just like I tell my kids. I do not care what little Joey is doing in class. If the teacher is upset with you then that is all I am worried about. Same goes for the US right now. Two wrongs do not make a right. Yada yada. We know the analogies, we know the similies, we know history repeats itself, we know you can make excuses until you are blue in the face and all you will get is a bad headache.

U.S. taxpayers spend $800,000 a year to keep a single captive at Guantanamo Bay, something the people who spend the money won’t explain.

It is simple. As I said above, I will repeat… prosecute promptly the remaining Guantanamo detainees in accordance with international fair trial standards, or release them. Period.

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