President Obama’s plan to shut down the infamous terrorist prison is pointless from a Human Rights perspective
This week, the Pentagon released a long-anticipated plan that outlines what actions the Obama administration will take to close the shameful Guantanamo Bay Muslim terrorist detention facility.
President Barack Obama had originally promised to close down the prison during his initial presidential campaign, but Republican roadblocks have obstructed his will to get it done. Now, eight years later with time running out, Obama seems to be getting desperate. All the while Republican opposition is stronger than ever.
“The plan we’re putting forward today isn’t just about closing the facility at Guantanamo,” Obama said. “This is about closing a chapter in our history and reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11.”
That’s all fine and dandy, but we clearly haven’t learnt very much. His plan calls for the transferring of those who have been cleared for release to third-party countries, bringing those who can be charged with a crime to trial in a military court, and most importantly, working with Congress to move the remaining prisoners to a U.S. prison… where they’ll remain indefinitely imprisoned without charge.
The fact remains that there are dozens of inmates at Guantanamo that can’t be charged with a crime, whether it’s because of a lack of evidence or because the evidence was tainted by torture. These same prisoners have been deemed too dangerous to release. There are currently 91 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, more than half can’t be charged or deported.
I wish I could tell you that Republican opposition is due to these human rights violations, but no. Conservative obstruction appears to come the fear of these inmates being locked up on American soil, as if they’ll contaminate the very air we breathe. Why they fear a Muslim inmate escaping a federal prison and not serial killers and rapists is beyond my understanding, but I digress.
“The proposal to move some of the detainees to the U.S. mainland for continued detention without charge is reckless and ill-advised. It won’t appease members of Congress who appear bent on making Guantanamo a permanent offshore prison for individuals captured in a global, apparently endless war. And it won’t end indefinite detention – it will shift it to the U.S. mainland.” – Amnesty International.
Simply moving the Guantanamo Bay prison to the American mainland might actually do more harm than good in a way. Obama and other Democrats vowed a long time ago to close the prison on the grounds that it had given the United States a black eye (you know the whole indefinite confinement and torture thing).
Now, rather than actually righting the wrongs of the past, the plan is to simply move the wrongs across the sea where it will be out of sight and out of mind of the American public. Soon to be forgotten like pagers and cassette tapes. America’s black eye won’t be healed, it will just be relocated to a more private area…
I like Obama, but this plan of his seems geared toward fulfilling an old campaign promise rather than actually fixing the problem.
“The infamy of Guantanamo has never been in just its location, but rather its immoral and illegal regime of indefinite detention,” – Amnesty International.