Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

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Imagine this. You have just gotten a new watch, one that is cheap and ubiquitous,--the Casio F-91W digital watch. However, in a string of contiguous events, you are arrested by U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan, and sent to one of the most widely condemned places in the world--Guantanamo Bay detention camp (Ball). While this scenario may sound strange and confusing, it was the sad reality for many innocent men, who committed no crime other than wearing a watch. Admittedly, this watch was given out by al-Qaida to trainees, but many of the people who had this watch were innocent, not at all associated with the infamous terror organization. Guantanamo Bay detention camp , also referred to as Gitmo, is a U.S. operated military prison located within the …show more content…

Gitmo has succeeded in alienating the U.S. from allies. President Obama said this himself in a White House remark on National Security, “Because the terrorists can only succeed if they swell their ranks and alienate America from our allies,” which is exactly what Gitmo is doing. Additionally, Gitmo encourages further terror, as it is used in terrorist propaganda to paint a negative picture of a hypocritical America (Postel). In fact, the orange jumpsuits worn by victims in Daesh’s (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) execution videos, pay direct homage to the uniform of Gitmo detainees (Bennet). Furthermore, the intelligence received at Gitmo is often invalid because, it was given by detainees who were subject to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were the equivalent of torture. Considering must of the subjects’ confessions were given under duress, they are invalid and the means by which they were received raise further questions about Gitmo (“Torture”). If the institution itself is not helpful, and must be closed according to the authorities who started it, it seems obvious that Gitmo must be

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