The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

1262 Words Apr 14th, 2015 6 Pages
On a hot summer day in July, I’ve flown all the way to Cuba not for the sights, but I’ve been given the opportunity to interview one of the contributors behind the terrorist plot that struck the nation back in 2001. The plot I’m referring to the was the infamous “9/11” attack which struck so many Americans at their very core as this was the largest known terrorist plot to ever hit the United States. On that frightful day, there were approximately 3,000 people who perished on September 11 and another 18,000 victims who, till this day are suffering injuries due to dust inhalation from the towers collapsing. As I proceed through numerous checkpoints to enter one of the most secured military facilities, many inmates, as well as America, know the compound as GITMO, but the military term for this compound is the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
I will refer to the acronym GITMO for all intent and purposes throughout this article, as many readers will identify better with the aforementioned. The history of GITMO has a long standing in history that many are unaware so I will provide a brief synopsis of its existence from past to present. The United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was first established in 1898 when the United States took control of Cuba from Spain towards the end of the Spanish-American War (PBS, 2006). When the United States procured the lease from the Cuban government on February 23, 1903, the United States maintained the base long after the country…
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