“In July 2003, about 680 alleged Taliban members and suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists from 42 different countries were incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay. On July 23, 2003, U. S. Major General Geoffrey Miller said that three-quarters of the roughly 660 detainees had confessed to some involvement in terrorism. Many have informed about friends and colleagues”. For the unknowing, “Guantanamo Bay detainment camp serves as a joint military prison and interrogation camp under the leadership of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (also known as GTMO) and has occupied a portion of the United States Navy’s base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002.
The prison holds people suspected by the executive branch of the U. S. government of being al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives, as well as those no longer considered suspects who are being held pending relocation elsewhere”. Guantanamo Bay has received a large deal of criticism from law and human rights advocates alike. Law advocates believe the prisoners have not been afforded the rights of due process. They believe they are being held illegally and at a minimum, should be afforded the right to a trial.
Human rights advocates believe the prisoners have been mistreated and tortured and that these misfortunes have led to several hunger strikes and suicides within the prison. Let me express my opinion addressing both of these issues. Firstly, I think torturing another human being is disgusting and should never be done. However, fine lines of what is and what is not acceptable in interrogation settings is just that, a fine line. Most all released prisoners have complained about being isolated, being sleep deprived, exposed to truth drugs, beatings, locking in confined and cold cells, and being forced to maintain uncomfortable postures.
While I hope never to be exposed to any of this, if I were a prisoner of war or “detainee” or whatever else, I think I would expect far worse. Yes, the United States government has denied most all accusations of mistreatment. From my perspective however, if I were a guard at the prison, I would find it difficult not to at least spit in a suspected terrorists face. For this reason, I would be willing to argue the treatment of the prisoners has probably been less than perfect.
However, I would also be willing to argue the treatment of the prisoners would not be considered “torture” in a crowd made up of people other than human rights advocates. Now…for all of the law advocates in the room. Please consider this for a moment. We are dealing with an organization that was capable of compromising American security. On September 11, 2001, a miserable terrorist group hijacked 4 AMERICAN planes. They took two of these AMERICAN planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying a symbol of American democracy.
Another plane flew into the Pentagon in Washington D. C. , our nation’s capitol. The fourth plane was unsuccessful in its attempts and ended up crashing in a field in Pennsylvania. Total, these acts of terrorism killed 2,973 American people. All of these wonderful Americans had friends and families, wives, children, and new borns and had to leave this world because of a ridiculous, violent act of hate. Now, think of the people who are actually being held at Guantanamo Bay. These people were seen in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, runnning at our AMERICAN soldiers with guns in hand.
Additonally, our intelligence, which believe it or not, isn’t too shabby, believes these people running at our soldiers with guns are known terrorists. What happens to these suspected terrorists running at our soldiers with guns? Oh yeah, they go to jail. This jail mind you, is a permanent facility complete with running water, hard floors and roofs, exercise areas, and even reading rooms. Yes, it’s no Playboy mansion but admit it, it’s not in the disgusting sandy 130 degree desert heat in some wretched country.
I’m sickened further when I hear people argue these prisoners deserve a trial. Here we have known terrorists under our control. These terrrorists mind you, were running at our soldiers with all intentions of killing them and killling the freedoms and liberties they, and our country are able to provide. Why then should we insure they are afforded those liberties and freedoms? They obviously are not advocates of any of it. Also, our judicial system is clogged enough as it is. Clogged with Americans who believe in our liberties and freedoms and would like their trials as soon as possible.
So maybe these terrorists have been waiting for five years but as far as I’m concerned, they can wait forever, or at least until all imprisoned Americans have been given their trial and no one who believes in the judicial system is actually waiting for it. Let me for a moment, describe in detail the people some believe we owe a trial. “On September 6, 2006, President Bush announced that fourteen suspected terrorists are to be transferred to the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp and admitted that these suspects have been held in CIA black sites. These people include Khalid Sheik Mohammed, believed to be the No. al-Qaeda leader before he was captured in Pakistan in 2003; Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged would-be 11 September 2001, hijacker; and Abu Zubaydah, who was believed to be a link between Osama bin Laden and many al-Qaeda cells before he was also captured in Pakistan, in March 2002. Why should we even risk losing prisoners who have been providing intelligence to us? Intelligence that has allowed us to capture and kill so many terrorist leaders. Intelligence that has prevented so many possible attacks on our soil? Even worse, why should we risk the chance of releasing people who might come back to haunt us?
Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar “had been a senior Taliban military leader prior to capture. He was allegedly captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 and was one of the twenty-three prisoners released from Camp Delta in late January 2004. After his release, he joined the remnants of the Taliban and was killed in a gunfight”…a gunfight involving our soldiers. After prisoner Abdullah Mehsud was released, he returned to his position as an Al-Qaeda field commander. “He later claimed responsibility for the bombing at Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel in October 2004. The blast injured seven people, including a U. S. diplomat, two Italians and the Pakistani prime minister’s chief security officer. Mehsud was subsequently reported to have been killed in combat. ” As for the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay now, I don’t care if they are guilty or not. I don’t want to risk letting them go. I don’t want to afford them liberties they don’t believe in and want to destroy. They don’t deserve it. And in terms of torturing them, if this so called torture continues to provide the United States with intelligence that prevents future terrorist attacks, torture away my friends.