Of course, I had heard all the criticisms, opinions, and negative media coverage but as always, I wanted to see it for myself and form my own opinion. So after five days on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, I feel like I have a pretty good feel for the place and an opinion that may surprise many people. First, I want to state a few facts to dispel a few common misconceptions and misinformation that people have about Guantanamo Bay. When President Obama signed an order to close down Guantanamo Bay on his first day in office in ; he was attempting to shut down the detention center, not the Naval Station. Guantanamo Bay Naval Station will still be around regardless of whether the detention center is ever shut down or not.
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The boards do not apply international law, not even IHL. Until or unless such a tribunal decides otherwise, Hamdan has, and must be accorded, the full protection of a prisoner of war. These grounds alone are sufficient to find a violation of due process rights. Preliminary conclusions The rapporteur agrees with the judgment in Hamdan, in so far as it relates to the period during which the United States was at war with Afghanistan. The United States acted unlawfully in refusing to acknowledge tribunals for determination of the issue. The prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is jus cogens and is codified in Article 7 of the ICCPR; Article 10 of the ICCPR states that all persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: What It’s Really Like
Kumar Patel : So you get high and you put other people who smoke weed in jail? George W. Bush : DUH! Kumar Patel : That's so hypocritical!
In vivid detail, Jason Leopold describes daily life for both the detainees and guards at the facility. He stood without a word, surveying the scene outside, where Army guards were unloading containers from a van and stacking them onto a dolly. Inside were Styrofoam clamshells that held the morning's breakfast meals - cereal, fruit and nutrition bars that soon would be rejected and tossed into the garbage. A few hundred feet away, beyond the razor-wired fence, buses dropped off dozens of nameless Army guards reporting for a new day of duty at Gitmo. Electric wands wielded by other soldiers scanned the guards' bodies for contraband, which could be anything from a weapon to an unauthorized food product to an iPod.