Prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ~ Why Should We Close Gitmo?

Why should we close Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba?


One of the very early commitments that President Barack Obama made to the American public was to permanently close Guantanamo Bay prison.

I believe this decision was made hastily in the wake of the shameful action some of the guards perpetrated upon the detainees in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq which was widely publicized world-wide. That memory lingers...

Punishment has been meted out to those who teased and humiliated the terrorist prisoners with imposed nudity and shameful poses.

The torture techniques ( like water-boarding ) utilized to get information from the terrorists has been halted due to a public outcry against those forms of interrogation. Most people agree that the United States should be a better model for the world with regard to human rights.


Democrat and Republican logos

Democrat and Republican logos
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Guantanamo Bay Prison Cell Block

It has been proven that getting information from any prisoner through any form of torture rarely gets good and actionable information in any case. Under torture, people will say what they think their interrogators want to hear.


United States Republican Presidential candidate in 2008 John McCain was a prisoner of war in Viet Nam for many years. From his status as a U.S. Senator from Arizona he continues to be a loud voice and prime force against using torture to extract information from prisoners.


Welcome to Guantanamo - Rare Inside Look

Cell Block inside Camp Five at Guantanamo

Now........are any of these good enough reasons to close Guantanamo Bay prison?


I think not.


We have a long standing arrangement with Cuba and have this base on their shores which has been used as a prison for some time now. It has been developed into a state of the art prison.


Guantanamo base is now being used to hold terrorists that would be happy to kill American citizens......and other citizens around the world for that matter. These are dangerous people!


Few other countries have offered to help house these terrorist prisoners.


About 11 to 14 percent of those that have been released have gone back to their intent of creating more terrorist attacks against innocent people from what I read.


Prayers during midday meal in Delta Block at Guantanamo

"Delta Block captives kneel during midday prayers at Camp 6, a steel and cement prison building on March 18, 2011 at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in this image taken and distributed by the U.S. Navy. PETTY OFFICER DAVID P. COLEMAN / US
"Delta Block captives kneel during midday prayers at Camp 6, a steel and cement prison building on March 18, 2011 at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in this image taken and distributed by the U.S. Navy. PETTY OFFICER DAVID P. COLEMAN / US | Source

Calendars written in Arabic posted at Guantanamo

 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Calendars written in Arabic remind detainees of important religious holidays and periods. Calendars are displayed throughout the recreational area regardless of camp location. Oct. 4, 2007. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Calendars written in Arabic remind detainees of important religious holidays and periods. Calendars are displayed throughout the recreational area regardless of camp location. Oct. 4, 2007. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty | Source

Army Guard Force member checking on a Guantanamo detainee

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Member of the Army Guard Force checks on a detainee in Camp 5 on Aug. 6, 2007. Navy and Army Guard Forces are on a 24-hour rotating watch during their deployment at JTF Guantanamo. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1s
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Member of the Army Guard Force checks on a detainee in Camp 5 on Aug. 6, 2007. Navy and Army Guard Forces are on a 24-hour rotating watch during their deployment at JTF Guantanamo. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1s | Source

Senate votes to block funds to close Gitmo

80 million dollars was requested by President Obama to help shut down the prison. 80 million dollars! This is not chicken feed!


Fortunately (from my personal perspective) the Senate overwhelmingly voted against this infusion of money to achieve the goal of closing Guantanamo Bay by the end of this year. This was a united vote by both Republicans and Democrats who do not agree with this hasty move. Obama has already made a speech today trying to influence many into changing their minds.


This is at a time when the economy is suffering and our dollars are already being stretched to the limit.


Why spend more money ( 80 million dollars!) to close down a state of the art prison that is housing terrorist detainees that no State in the U.S. wants and other countries also do not desire to have in their existing prisons?


Only a few countries have offered to take a handful of the prisoners. This will not solve the problem. We need many more countries to offer their services to safely house them where they will not be tortured nor released back onto the streets to do more damage.


Most people are aware that prisoners in current prisons already conduct business from their cells. Do we want people committed to ending our very lives mixing with other criminal elements, perhaps recruiting them to that cause?


Do we want to bring the terrorists into any of our towns or cities ( prisons ) where that town or city might then become a target for riots or even worse?


If in the end Guantanamo Bay prison is shut down, what will happen to that offshore facility?


Personally I believe that closing Guantanamo will in no way advance U.S. national security. In fact, it may have the opposite effect.


Can we afford to take this chance?


Another discussion entirely regards presenting charges and having those enemy combatants tried for their alleged crimes. That has nothing to do with where they are detained.


What do you think?


Should our Congress abide by the wishes of President Obama and fund the transfer of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba onto our shores where it will incur tremendous added costs and be a possible further threat to our security?

Items given to detainees in Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Display of items is given to detainees in Camp 5. All detainees, regardless of status, receive a Koran, prayer mat, prayer beads and cap. Oct. 26, 2007. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Billings)
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Display of items is given to detainees in Camp 5. All detainees, regardless of status, receive a Koran, prayer mat, prayer beads and cap. Oct. 26, 2007. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Billings) | Source

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Update on prisoners (detainees) at Guantanamo


According to a New York Times article posted on January 3, 2013, six hundred of the total of 779 people who have been held at Guantanamo have been released to other countries. That only leaves 169 people who are still alive and being held there.


Two years after President Obama's first inauguration as President, he reversed his original intent and allowed military trials to start again at Guantanamo after efforts were thwarted to bring the detainees to the U.S. in various places to stand trial.


Lawmakers remain concerned about the transfer of dangerous terrorists out of Guantanamo to places like Yemen and as of January, 2013 Mr. Obama signed a bill which restricts transferring prisoners out of Guantanamo and also existing prisons in Afghanistan.


Thus, at least for the present time, Guantanamo prison will still hold those prisoners deemed as a serious threat to the safety of not only those in the United States, but also freedom loving people around the world.

Detainees bow before they pray at Guantanamo Bay prison

"Detainees bow before they pray in this U.S. Navy handout photo taken at Camp 4, the U.S. Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Jan. 24, 2008. PETTY OFFICER 3rd CLASS JOSHUA BRUS / US NAVY"
"Detainees bow before they pray in this U.S. Navy handout photo taken at Camp 4, the U.S. Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Jan. 24, 2008. PETTY OFFICER 3rd CLASS JOSHUA BRUS / US NAVY" | Source

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello IDPF,

I agree that people who do horrific things should be punished or somehow kept from repeating their crimes against humanity. I also think that they should be given a fair trial in court to determine their fate. Thanks for commenting on this hub about the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.


International Dynamic Peace Foundation 3 years ago

Dear Madam/Sir,

God Bless You All,

We are International Dynamic Peace Foundation, New Delhi, India, working for Peace, prosperity and happiness for human beings. If someone did bad then indeed they should get punishment. Suppose you kills someone then you also have no right to survive. If they are terrorist in jail, they killed someone then they should also killed, they should hanged.

If they are terrorist then kill them all they have no right to survive.

Join hand with us to bring the peace in the world.

International Dynamic Peace Foundation.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Ethel,

Senator John McCain who was a prisoner in Vietnam (and who had been tortured) is one of the loud voices against using torture, especially since it does not get verifiable results. People will confess to anything (whether true or not) if tortured.

I haven't heard about the specific case you are mentioning but obviously, if true, that is not good. I sometimes wonder if these reported cases are truly factual. I would hardly think that the news media is invited in to see such things. Makes for good propaganda in any case.

It is so sad that the people on earth cannot live together in peace.


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ethel smith 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

You are welcome Peggy. Waterboarding - I was referring to one man in particular who has been in the news lately. Off the top of my head I can't remember his name. He had been waterboarded 150 odd times over many years but no trial.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Ethel,

We agree that torture rarely gets the desired results. Not sure where you got those statistics as to waterboarding being done hundreds of times? Some of the prisoners at Guantanamo are finally going to be brought to trial. Like you, I think that all of them deserve that, and now that it has begun, perhaps all of them will have their day in court.

The justice system in the U.S. is not exactly swift even for regular folks, much-less those who are deemed to be terrorists.

Like you said...no easy answers. Even after their day in court...there will be those who remain unhappy. Thanks for coming back and making another comment.


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