Among five orders President Barack Obama signed this year was an order to shut down all operations at Guantanamo Bay. These executive orders included shutting down black sites in Europe as well as making all the Bush administration documents transparent.
Is shutting Guantanamo Bay a good idea? All personal beliefs aside no, it is not. The fact is that this prison holds dangerous people, even if the percentage of innocents inside may be low. Yes, there may be some moral issues people have with Guantanamo Bay’s activities, but I will address that later. Many of these people will be released into the public and the percentage of ex-Guantanamo prisoners who commit terror related crimes after being released is very high. This could result in an enormous boost to the manpower of terrorist organizations and thus, terrorist activity within the next year.
It has been said that Water boarding has been going on at Guantanamo Bay. Water boarding is putting a cloth on the prisoner’s head and pouring water onto their face effectively simulating the effect of drowning. This has been somewhat roughly classified as torture by the experts because it makes the subject literally think they are going to die.
Is shutting down Guantanamo Bay morally sound? If the water boarding that has been going on at Gitmo really happened then yes it is morally sound to shut down Guantanamo Bay. Water boarding can cause serious pain and mental damage. The majority of politicians have considered it torture and say that it is against our American policy to do it. Some argue that because it is being done to would-be terrorists that it is not wrong because they would and in some cases have done the same level of torture to innocent people. It is also argued that it is done in a way that is not as brutal as it has been done in the past, thus causing less physical harm but most likely just as much mental paranoia.
The most important question is whether or not closing down Guantanamo Bay is American. Knowing all of Guantanamo Bay’s secrets would help quite a bit in this decision, but the fact is that it is un-American to constitute torture. I do not believe, however, that closing down Guantanamo was in the best interest of the country. Regulating the procedures in Guantanamo would have been a more effective solution. When many of these suspected terrorists are let free it could spell out a very bad era for the American people.
We hold ourselves in a very difficult position as Americans. We have to fight against a force that will use any means necessary to destroy us but we cannot do that. The reason we cannot do that is because we hold ourselves to a high standard and that is what makes us a great nation. But our very standard is what makes our procedure so difficult.