Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp refers to a detainment area used by the United States to hold Non-United States citizens suspected of terrorism. The issue of detaining suspects in these camps has turned out to be a political hot potato and is seen as representing the height of the excesses of the Bush regime. President Barrack Obama campaigning on the forum of change both at the domestic and international front promised to close the detention camps as part of his first priority in office and indeed has issued an executive order demanding the same.
This is an issue that has turned out to be divisive and has continued to arouse negative sentiments from the public. The closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is seen as negating the gains that have been made in the fight against international terrorism. The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp has been used as an appropriate place to detain and attempt to break suspected terrorists.
A look at the history of choosing Guantanamo Bay as the venue of detaining terrorism suspects by the Bush administration indicates that it was because it did not fall under the legal jurisdiction of the United States and hence not according the suspects constitutional protections. There is a general feeling reigning in the minds of the Americans that the individuals held there are not only dangerous criminals but also with a high potential of being a threat to the national security.
The treatment accorded to the prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay hence befits their characters; a lesser treatment would be condoning their heinous acts (Bell 200). As the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld maintains, suspects held in the facilities are dangerous and have to be subjected to continuous interrogation to provide the authorities with crucial information in regard to terrorist activities. An example of individuals held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He is believed to have been a key architect behind the September 11th attack.
His capture and subsequent interrogations has been of core importance as it has enabled the authorities to acquire information on terrorist operations. (Morrison 370) A look at the current bone of contention indicates that it lies in the lack of a proper plan for the transfer of the suspects and also their final destination after Guantanamo Bay. The United States prisons are currently reeling under the yoke of overcrowding. A look at most of the European countries indicates that they are reluctant to provide any form of abode to the detainees.
The crust of the matter lies in the fact that the individuals held in these facilities are not common carjacking criminals but rather are hardcore terrorists elements, bomb and explosives experts driven hugely by extremism and their hatred for the American ideals. Releasing them or transferring them to the usual prison facilities is a threat to the welfare of Americans. The major argument being made in support of closing the facilities lies in the claims of the human rights abuse of the suspects.
Indeed evidence points that there has been grave abuse of the rights of the suspects through torture and other forms of treatments that violates the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war. The facilities hence needs to be closed down and the rule of law allowed to take place (Gapes 33). Though the issue of human rights abuse has remained in the lips of the human rights activists, these have remained but mere allegations that have not been concretely proven.
There is a possibility of such abuse but not to a level that warrants the closure of the facilities and watering down the gains that have been made so far. Indeed the issue of closing the Guantanamo Bay has become an important talking point. The issue of human right abuses of the prisoners in the facilities has fuelled calls for the closure of the facilities. This however should not be the solution. The facilities were established for the purpose of holding international terrorist suspects and should continue doing so.
The individuals held in the facilities are dangerous and would initiate terrorist attacks towards Americans at the slightest chance. Containing them hence in the Guantanamo Bay hence is the only prudent solution if national security is to be safeguarded. Works Cited Gapes, Mike . HC Paper 533 House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee: Human Rights Annual Report 2007. The Stationery Office, 2008 Bell, Stewart. The martyr’s oath: the apprenticeship of a homegrown terrorist. John Wiley and Sons, 2005 Morrison, Wayne. Criminology, civilisation and the new world order. Routledge Cavendish, 2006