Mohammed Al Qahtani has not been charged of any crime, but is apparently being held indefinitely. That is, by any standard, an extraordinary and deplorable situation. In January 2009, a senior official appointed by President Bush's Administration confirmed that charges against him were dropped because he had been tortured. Mr. al Qahtani's lawyers have been able to review some of the tapes that show aspects of his treatment. Yet President Obama's administration continues to resist all efforts to disclose them to the public, despite a professed commitment to transparency and open government.
On 06 Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was forced to wear a woman's bra and had a thong placed on his head during the course of the interrogation. On 17 Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was told that his mother and sister were whores. On 20 Dec 02, an interrogator tied a leash to the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan's chains, led him around the room, and forced him to perform a series of dog tricks. On one occasion in Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was forced to stand naked for five minutes with females present. This incident occurred during the course of a strip search.
For 48 days, Mr. al Qahtani was subjected to intense sleep deprivation, allowed to sleep for no more than four hours a day. When he did manage to sleep, he was often awoken with water being poured repeatedly on his head. He was subjected to forced nudity and sexual and religious humiliation. He was compared to a pig and rat. Dogs were used to induce fear in him.
This mistreatment left Mr. al Qahtani physically and psychologically broken. In November 2002 -- before he had even been subjected to the worst forms of torture -- an FBI agent reported that a prisoner later identified as Mr. al Qahtani was "talking to non-existent people, reporting hearing voices, [and] crouching in a corner of the cell covered...
...GuantanamoBay Detention Centre
GuantanamoBay is a detention camp in Cuba that holds back and interrogates people who are thought to be terrorists.
Before 2001, the GuantanamoBay detention facility was used for housing refugees from Haiti and Cuba. This became and illegal act after 1993. GuantanamoBay was reopened in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. On 11 September 2001 (9/11), four planes were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. There were over 3000 deaths altogether and this deeply affected United States and the rest of the world.
Effect of the 9/11 Attacks
Safety and security in air transport around the world became stricter following the 9/11 attacks. There were more regulations around what people could bring in and on planes, and anyone suspected of terrorism or involvement with the al-Qaeda organisation (one of the world’s largest terrorist organisations) or the Taliban could be detained in GuantanamoBay without being fairly charged or trialled.
There is a lot of controversy following the reopening of GuantanamoBay. Although it prevents and stops future terrorists, this facility has reportedly abused human rights laws and is subject to torturing inmates and prisoners cruelly. An example of torture in GuantanamoBay includes...
...continued use of GuantanamoBay, a corrupt institution, as an interrogation facility provides a great example of their ignorance toward basic human rights, their unwillingness to release possibly innocent immigrants back to their countries and lastly disregarding the option of altering interrogation methods or the closing of such an institution.
The U.S. being one of the world’s superpowers also infringes upon human rights by funding and supportingGuantanamoBay. GuantanamoBay demonstrates the U.S.’s willingness to gain military intelligence at the cost of possible innocent people’s sanity and at times their lives.
Residents at GuantanamoBay are often held without being told about what they are being held for, their right to habeas corpus is withdrawn from them. Also, on average only one in every one hundred and seventy two detainees at GuantanamoBay has been given a trial. In addition, the Pentagon has been reluctant to allow aid agencies like the Red Cross to visit the detainees and inspect their living conditions. The torture at GuantanamoBay is so severe that it caused three residents (Mani al-Utaybi, age 30; Yasser al-Zahrani, age 20; and Ali Abdullah Ahmed, age 37) to commit suicide . However, there is controversy as to whether these three men killed themselves or were strangled by...
The United States detention facility located at GuantanamoBay, Cuba was opened in 2002 by George W. Bush to hold enemy combatants from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are currently three sections in GuantanamoBay: Camp Delta, Camp Echo, and Camp Iguana. Insurgents are kept at GuantanamoBay for a variety of reasons and there are CIA interrogators at the camp to gather information. On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order closing the GuantanamoBay detention facility (Order). As of November 2010, there remain 174 enemy combatants at GuantanamoBay. The United States detention facility located at GuantanamoBay is a fundamental part of the United States war on terror and should not be shut-down.
The United States detention facility located at GuantanamoBay operates in full accordance with international and national law. There are misconceptions that GuantanamoBay breaks national and international law. One of these misconceptions is the United States government has to either put detainees on trial or release them (Misconceptions). This contention is false. The United States government is under no obligation to put detainees on trial or release them (Geneva). The United States...
...Dobrovolskiy US History p.7
DBQ Essay 10/30/2014
GuantanamoBayGuantanamoBay detention camp is a United States military prison located at the GuantanamoBay Naval Base in Cuba. It was established in January 2002, the Department of Defense claimed that the prison camp was established to detain extraordinarily dangerous persons, and to interrogate detainees in an optimal setting. The prison has been notoriously known for harsh treatment of prisoners and severe torture. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on January 22, 2009, to close the detention facilities at GuantanamoBay within a year. Five years later, the prison remains open. The prison has been reported on by many countries and organizations for human rights violations, and is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which were ratified by the US in the 1950’s.
GuantanamoBay has been noted for having many human rights violations done against its prisoners. Organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pentagon, and the FBI have done many investigations into the prison and have reported unlawful practices such as waterboarding, exposing hooded prisoners to loud music, forcing hooded prisoners to endure prolonged exposure to summer sun at temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit, putting lit cigarettes in...
...GuantanamoBay (Gitmo)is an essential base for the United States of America and should stay open for many reasons. Some people believe the base is unethical, not on american soil and costs to much, and for those reasons want it closed. I would argue because what those terrorists did was unethical and they should get a taste of what they did. Gitmo needs to stay in Cuba because I sure don’t want a terrorist escaping and knocking at my door.
An article from boston.com, “Obama orders GuantanamoBay closed, bans torture,” states, “The military-run prison camp at the US Navy base in Cuba, where about 245 terrorism suspects are being detained, has become a symbol of the Bush administration's policies and a magnet for critics who say (Gitmo) violates human rights.” When the detainees were in Iraq or Afghanistan they had no human rights, they were forced to to what they were told, think what they were told and if they didn’t they would be killed( according to many Taliban research articles). At Guantanamo they are fed, they have a roof over their head and they most likely get more free time then they ever had before. Also from boston.com, Retired Admiral Dennis Blair said that Guantanamo should be closed because it’s, "a damaging symbol to the world." This is a small symbol compared to all the pain these terrorists have done to not only the United States but to the world. I understand that they...
...threats of transfer to Egypt: a place rumoured among prisoners where life stories are told in two days. One of the major forms of psychological torture he received was being witness to the murder of two prisoners, Dilawar and Habibullah, who were beaten so violently and repeatedly by US soldiers it resulted in their deaths. Throughout this period of his imprisonment, Begg was refused access to a lawyer, a Red Cross official or any member of his family.
Begg was transferred toGuantanamoBay, Cuba in 2003, and remained there until 2005. Interrogations continued after the US Government labelled him a major terrorist: forms included pretending to torture his wife in a neighbouring room and solitary confinement. Once again Begg was threatened with summary trial and execution. The result of constant abuse resulted in Begg’s crumbling mental health; he suffered from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Analyse why this example/case is a violation of human rights
The treatment of Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg by US Military breached the right that no one shall be subjected to torture. The combination of techniques such as isolation, threats, and physical abuse led to physical and psychological damage. Begg was a prisoner to the US ‘War on Terrorism’, and was held in military bases and systematically tortured for 3 years.
Torture is a crime under international law. The United Nations’ (UN) most paramount documents;...
...Guantanamo: past, present and future
The Naval Base at GuantánamoBay is the oldest U.S. military base still operating outside the U.S. It has been under U.S. control since 1898 but it was not used to hold prisoners from the Afghanistan war until January 2002. Since then, hundreds of “law combatants” have been held there against the Geneva Convention and their rights have been removed.
GuantanamoBay Detention Camp became a matter of international concern when it was stated that the prisoners were, in fact, prisoners of war and therefore entitled to some rights, as specified in the Geneva Convention. Since that moment, other incidents such as the suicide attempts and the beating of innocent people (Kristof, 2004), have drawn the public eye towards Guantanamo.
This essay will be looking at what the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, said and promised during his presidential campaign regarding the closure of GuantanamoBay Detention Camp and the ending of the torture and the use of abusive interrogation methods, along with what has actually been
Further on, it will expose the way in which prisoners are captured and taken to the detention camp, and the conditions in which they are held in GuantanamoBay Detention Camp, as well as the humiliations and tortures they go through once they are there. Also, it will...
Close Down GuantanamoBay
When discussing the importance of the GuantanamoBay criminal detention facility located in Cuba, the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter stated that, “I think what's going on in GuantanamoBay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.” President Obama has vowed at the beginning of both of his terms that he will close the facility but he has yet to follow through on his word and actually do so. GuantanamoBay Detention Center or “Gitmo” for short is a United States naval base that holds the most dangerous prisoners and high value terrorist. While some people say it should remain open to detain those criminals and terrorists, it is in fact best for the United States to close up shop and shut down the detention facility for good. GuantanamoBay Detention Center should be closed down because it violates fundamental human rights; it is a symbol of Muslim discrimination that fuels terrorist sentiments, and it is detrimental to foreign affairs of the United States.
GuantanamoBay has show signs of violating fundamental human rights including two of the most important. Gitmo is, in...