10 Shocking Facts and Quotes on Guantanamo Bay

A photo revealing the lawlessness of Guantanamo Bay

A photo revealing the lawlessness of Guantanamo Bay

It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused,”
Bill Clinton. (Former US president)

Guantanamo Bay is a Maximum security prison, based in Cuba.  It was set up by the Bush administration in January of 2002,  apparently in response to the attacks of 9/11.  In his own words President Bush has previously stated, “These aren’t common criminals, or bystanders accidently swept up on the battlefield, we have in place a rigorous process to insure the people held there, belong in Guantanamo.”

Criticism of the secret Prison is growing, and below are 10 shocking facts that have developed since the prisons opening.

  1. According to the US authorities, 779 detainees have been held in Guantanamo, the vast majority without charge or criminal trial.
  2. In total 8 detainees have died, 6 have committed suicide and 2 have reportedly died due to natural causes.
  3. At least 12 children under the age of 18, are being held at Guantanamo
  4. Of the 779 detainees, roughly 600 innocent detainees were released without charge, after having spent years undergoing traumatic mental abuse.
  5. Officially a total of 84 detainees are currently on Hunger Strike, according to some Detainee Lawyers, all 166 inmates are refusing food
  6. In 2005 Amnesty International compared Guantamo with that of Soviet forced labor camp systems during the Stalin era, calling it ‘ The Gualg of our times’.
  7. Former Senator and Democrat nominee Ron Paul is against the operation.  Paul criticised how the detainees are being captured without an explanation, and without legitimate trail. 

“I think that’s the key to it. And so far, they don’t have an answer, because they’re not allowing them to be tried in a legitimate court of law.

      8.  Only 1 Iraqi Detainee is being held at the prison.  A country that held an apparent huge threat to Americas national security interests, with the infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction campaign.

      9.  Former Guantanamo Bay Guard Brandon Neely, “Detaining innocent people and depriving them of their due process is a significant black eye on the Unites States,” .  

    10. President Obama had voiced concerns.  He had previously declared his intentions to shut the prison.  His actions have spoken differently to his words, with the signing of the intelligence authorization bill which according to Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union has made it more difficult to shut it down.  Romero stated, Obama had “jeopardized his ability to close Guantanamo during his presidency.”</p>

Keeping imprisoned, un trialled men, without access to the judicial system is illegal.  It seems the Law doesn’t currently apply to the US government.  In the words of former Senator Ron Paul, ” Detaining prisoners in secret prisons without lawful fair process, is not a characteristic of a Republic that believes in freedom, more a characteristic of an authoritarian government. 

 

 

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