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should Guantanamo still be open?

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Started: 12/11/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Bdoucette15

Con

Guantanamo bay should not be open because it's against unalienable rights
Spadamati

Pro

Guantanamo bay should be kept open. The prison holds many valuable prisoners that provide the United States with intelligence. The Daily Caller, a validated source, states "Guantanamo detainees are resourceful, ideologically committed enemies of the United States who have stated that they want to maim and kill Americans, so it is important that they are kept in a facility that is secure as possible". The US government has put in an enormous amount of money into Gitmo to expand the detention center and now the inmates have a library, a gym and even a soccer field. These expansions provide the inmates a humane incarceration center while rehabilitation and also helping the US with information about terrorist organizations around the world. The detainees in Gitmo have been captured during the armed hostile engagement against the US. therefore shouldn't be given the same rights as the habitants of the United States. Their unalienable rights are not being violated since they are being treated humanely and they are serving time for being prisoners of war.
Debate Round No. 1
Bdoucette15

Con

Guantanamo bay should be closed because it is with holding innocent people from returning to their families. They have reviewed cases of the inmates/war criminals and have proved that they should be released. Ever since Obama made his speech on starting to release some of the prisoners he not let any of the prisoner go, even after his interagency task force cleared them of their charges. They have been held at Guantanamo for 566 days and counting. These are days that they could have been home spending time with their families, but instead they are missing out on their children's birthdays and important family memories.
Spadamati

Pro

The Geneva convention states that prisoners of war have rights if they are caught in uniform, the detainees at Gitmo were not in uniform. They were caught wearing civilian clothes and even though some maybe innocent, they pose a threat to the United States. The detainees have no legal rights since they are mandated by the Geneva convention to wear uniforms. The Taliban and other islamic terrorist organizations are not armies, they don't have uniforms and they will not receive the same rights as prisoners of war. There were 779 detainees at Gitmo when it opened according to CNN, but now only 171 reside there. According to CNN, "But over the past decade, we have not only kept dangerous terrorists at Guantanamo and thus away from the battlefield, we have learned a great deal from them during long-term, lawful interrogations. Without a safe, secure detention and interrogation facility, we would not have gained the tactical and strategic intelligence needed to degrade and ultimately defeat the enemy".
Debate Round No. 2
Bdoucette15

Con

The general who oppened Guantanamo agrees now that we should close it down. According to him, " it validates every negative perception of the United States". The detention and interrogation method has only lead other countries to become more hostile with the United States. They torture and do unforgivable things at Guantanamo. No one should ever be tortured during their life. That is crush and unusual punishment that is against the United states justice system.
Spadamati

Pro

The General that opened Gitmo states that he should close it, but he acknowledges that "the risk that some released detainees could go on to plan attacks against the United States". The "torturing" is acceptable under some terms since they don't have rights as detainees. The torture is somewhat lawful and in the end it prevents future attacks on the United States.
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