As part of the United States judicial system, Guantanamo Bay detention center was formed under the Bush administration, in result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Guantanamo Bay is a detainment facility that the United States designed to detain terrorists, and enemies caught during war. The facility also is used for the U.S. to interrogate criminals, and terrorists with military tactics. This detainment facility is located on a United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The foundation of this center, and others like it provides a sense of homeland security for the Americans, and other surrounding countries.
Being a born and raised New Yorker, the terrorist attacks from 9/11 holds a sentimental value. In result of those attacks, in 2002 the Bush Administration implemented a system of centers specialized for highly dangerous world criminals. The terrorist actions that took place in 2001 hits home for any citizen of New York City. This is why the people demanded the Government to set some sort of retaliation in place. In support of the war declared on terrorism, the bush administration had the support of the Supreme Court to legalize the usage of the camps.
In the United States jails are segregated on different levels, such as jails for juvenile delinquents, psychiatrics, military, minimum, medium, and high security prisons. Each prison serves different purposes some with more extreme consequences than others. Guantanamo Bay is a convenient way to deal with more advanced criminals, because of terrorists mind sets towards the United States. Guantanamo Bay is an exceptional way to find out past and future information on terrorists attacks and find out different tactics to prevent any upcoming attacks to harm the United States.
Terrorists can influence regular inmates if they are imprisoned together. In most cases when jail members attend prison they tend to join different groups...
...government has imprisoned many suspected Al Qaeda terrorists and members of Afghanistan ’s Taliban regime at the GuantanamoBay Detention Center in Cuba. The purpose of this movement was to interrogate these suspects and find out whatever information they could gather to stop future terrorist attacks and crack down on other known accomplices. Since 9/11, the inhumane treatment of prisoners at GuantanamoBay is one of the most pressing problems that have emerged in the war on terror. The escalation of problems began when Guantanamo opened in 2002. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved special interrogation methods that were meant to force the detainee to reveal secret intelligence which is imperative in preventing attacks on U.S. soil. The methods included putting hoods on prisoners while chaining them excessively, stripping detainees naked while being shackled, and exposing them to excessive humiliation. With the cruel torture of detainees exposed to the media, GuantanamoBay was subjected to intense criticism by human rights activists, pacifists, and congressional legislators for mistreating prisoners. The maltreatment of these detainees should be addressed because the United States government is mandated to respect prisoners’ rights under the Constitution. Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas introduced the bill which transports detainees from...
...lawyers, the war on terror and the US Constitution, and finally a battle over national security and liberty. This is the battle of the GuantanamoBay Detainment Center. Over the span of three presidential terms our government has been flip-flopping and changing its stance on GuantanamoBay and the issues surrounding it. Although there are hundreds of issues surrounding GuantanamoBay the three most recognizable issues are those of interrogation methods, detainees rights and trials, and the overall closing of the facility. The overall main problem within our justice system is the inability of our government to come up with a permanent solution, one way or another, for what will become of the GuantanamoBay Detainment Center and the issues surrounding it. By discussing the facts of such controversies, and analyzing both parties perspectives on them, I will create not only, what I believe to be is a fair solution in regards to each controversy discussed, but I will also create a distinct, permanent, and final solution for what should become of The GuantanamoBay Detainment Center and the detainees being held there.
In order for us to fully understand the issues surrounding GuantanamoBay we must first understand the history of the facility. The 45 square miles of land located on the southeastern part of...
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...
...The Absence of Justice at GuantanamoBay
In the aftermath of September 11 2001, in order to protect American citizens from any further terrorist attacks, a Presidential military order gave the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency the power to kidnap and detain anyone suspected of a connection to terrorists or terrorism and to classify them as enemy combatants. This status meant they could not be tried in our regular federal courts. The “enemy combatants” were taken to secret prisons around the world where information could be obtained by any means necessary without any outside interference. The prison which has caught the most public attention is the one located in GuantanamoBay, Cuba.
Senior counter terrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, Jennifer Daskal said, “Over 200 detainees who have not even been charged with a crime are being warehoused in conditions that are in many ways harsher than those reserved for the most dangerous, convicted criminals in the United States.” The Bush Administration has called these prisoners, “the worst of the worst.” Men and children suspected of terrorist connections have been there for more than six years and many don't even know why they were detained in the first place. Many claim they unfortunately were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Who investigates these claims of innocence though? Who decides innocence or guilt in “worst of the worst”,...
...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...
...THE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE OF GUANTANAMOBAY
Human rights are the rights that everybody inherently possess. These rights are
protected by various legal principals such as the rules of law and ensure the dignity of
all people. However, human rights are being violated by countries all over the world,
even by countries such as the United States who have the national strategy. It has been
breaching international covenants and conventions on human rights with their terrorist
detention camp at GuantanamoBay.
GuantanamoBay is an American Navel base used to permanently incapacitate
approximately 660 detainees from 40 nations, including children. Because the base is
located on Cuban territory, the prisoners are not protected by the American constitution
or judiciary “ it is the obligation of the Judicial Branch to make sure the preservation of
our constitutional values”. These prisoners are held at the detention center in “ legal
limbo, with no access to lawyers or families”. And they are kept to isolate for 24 hours
a day, little outdoor exercise and there was no interaction with other prisoners. Badly,
prisoners are interrogated for long hours at a time and it is commonly speculated subject...