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Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?

The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba is a POW camp run by the United States. Its critics claim it breaks international law, because its prisoners are abused and held indefinitely without fair trial.

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Kofi Annan    Former U.N. Secretary General
I think sooner or later there will be a need to close Guantanamo, and I think it will be up to the government to decide, hopefully, to do it as soon as is possible...
17 Feb 2006    Source

Barack Obama    United States President
There has been only one conviction at Guantanamo. It was for a guilty plea on a -- on material support for terrorism. The sentence was nine months long. There has not been one conviction of a terrorist act. I have faith in America's courts, and I have faith in our JAGs. As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.
01 Aug 2006    Source

John McCain    U.S. Senator, Republican
I would close Guantanamo Bay. And I would move those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth. And I would proceed with the tribunals. ... Guantanamo Bay has become an image throughout the world which has hurt our reputation. Whether we deserve it or not, the reality is Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib have harmed our reputation in the world, thereby harming our ability to win the psychological part of the war against radical Islamic extremism.
08 Apr 2007    Source

Hillary Clinton    US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
Guantanamo has become associated in the eyes of the world with a discredited administration policy of abuse, secrecy, and contempt for the rule of law. Rather than keeping us more secure, keeping Guantanamo open is harming our national interests. It compromises our long term military and strategic interests, and it impairs our standing overseas. I have certainly concluded that we should address any security issues on what to do with the remaining detainees, and then close it once and for all.
26 Apr 2007    Source

Colin Powell    Former U.S. Secretary of State
Guantanamo has become a major, major problem for America's perception, as it's seen, the way the world perceives America. And if it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow, but this afternoon. I'd close it
11 Jun 2007    Source

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American Civil Liberties Union    (ACLU) Lobbyist
We believe that torture is illegal and un-American. Our founders rejected dungeons and chose due process – and so do we. We believe that no president should be given the unchecked power to call someone an enemy and lock them away indefinitely. We are calling on the government to stop indefinite detention, try detainees in the U.S., or release them to countries where they won't be tortured.
01 Jan 2008    Source

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Dick Cheney    U.S. Vice President 2001-2009
At present, there's no plan to close Gitmo. The president says we review all of our options on a continuous basis. The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people. ... So we need a facility. If it's not Guantanamo, it's got to be something else. The function has to be performed.
13 Jun 2005    Source

George W. Bush    United States President 2001-2009
But one of the reasons we have not been able to close Guantanamo is that many countries have refused to take back their nationals held at the facility. Other countries have not provided adequate assurances that their nationals will not be mistreated or they will not return to the battlefield, as more than a dozen people released from Guantanamo already have. We will continue working to transfer individuals held at Guantanamo and ask other countries to work with us in this process.
06 Sep 2006    Source

Mitt Romney    Former Governor of Massachusetts
Some people have said, we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo. We ought to make sure that the terrorists -- (applause) -- and there's no question but that in a setting like that where you have a ticking bomb that the president of the United States -- not the CIA interrogator, the president of the United States -- has to make the call. And enhanced interrogation techniques have to be used -- not torture but enhanced interrogation techniques, yes.
15 Apr 2007    Source

Rudy Giuliani    Former Mayor of New York City
I don't think we should close Guantanamo. I think it should stay open....I ran the prison system, so I know prisons.
30 Jun 2007    Source


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0 Points      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, and the US government should stop using torture.

0 Points      garret      13 Nov 2009      Stance on Question: Disagree
yes i do agree that we should keep it open becuse it is really cool and the people that want to close it are gay! :D

-garret jackson Chinook Middle School 8th grade Bellevue, Washington

0 Points      Sheran khan      02 Nov 2011      Stance on Question: Mostly Disagree
i was very consious to see that you are supporting this bloody place. This place is not for human even not for animals they treat them like vimpire . We should stand against these bloody and horror plase to close this . I understand that they are responsible because of there work which they done but this is not the correct way , to cruel on them .

0 Points      Someone      21 Apr 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
Yes, you're definitely a middle school student. This issue has nothing to do with being gay. You're young, but you should be aware that your words hold meaning. You should learn to chose them more wisely.

0 Points      Anonymous      12 Feb 2012      General Comment
I think that is absolutely correct. You should watch out what you are saying online. :)

0 Points      Brycges      21 May 2009      Stance on Question: Mostly Disagree
It all depends on the terms of closing it, if we close it and let those who are there go free than no. I don't think that allowing terrorist to walk free is the "Right Thing" to do...

0 Points      Benja      13 Sep 2008      Editorial Comment
Perhaps we need another question here too, namely, that should be close it because it's ethically wrong or simply because it's bad marketing? McCain seems to imply the latter with:

"Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib have harmed our reputation in the world, thereby harming our ability to win the psychological part of the war against radical Islamic extremism."

0 Points      NLE5510      31 Mar 2009      General Comment
Hillary Clinton seems to imply the same thing with:

"Guantanamo has become associated in the eyes of the world with a discredited administration policy of abuse, secrecy, and contempt for the rule of law."

0 Points      Benja      31 Mar 2009      General Comment
Thanks NLE - I made it sound as if the concern was partisan, and it's clearly not.