Guantanamo Bay

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Thomas Fiedler
12-17-14
Civics
Thomas Fiedler
12-17-14
Civics
Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror

Due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the United States of America, the U.S. military has captured hundreds of suspected terrorists on battlefields across the Middle East. These detainees have been interned at a detention camp on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba without trial. This has created a lot of controversy between the United States and those who believe the prisoners were apprehended unlawfully and deserve a fair trial. The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp was established in 2002 with the purpose to detain extraordinarily dangerous persons, to interrogate detainees in an optimal setting, and to prosecute prisoners for war crimes. The camp is made up of two main facilities: Camp Delta, which is a 612-unit detention center finished in April 2002 and includes detention camps 1 through 6, as well as Camp Echo, where pre-commissions are held; and Camp X-Ray, which was a temporary detention facility and was closed in April 2002. One of the principal advantages to placing the detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the legal status that non-U.S. soil provides. If the detainees are not in the U.S., then they don’t have the same rights under American laws. Some of these include the right to legal representation, rights of prisoners, and rights to the American legal system. One government official referred to the base as the "legal equivalent of outer space.” To the Bush administration, this was an immense advantage in the consideration of long-term detention. Because the detainees had no basic rights, they were repeatedly tortured and humiliated by the soldiers at the camp. Mohammed Al-Qahtani, nicknamed the "20th hijacker of 9/11” was a prisoner at the camp, and during his interrogations…...

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