Sunday, June 11, 2006
More Calls To Close Gitmo

It seems countries are once again , due to fears of Human Rights violations stemming from the recent suicides.

In Kuwait, Waleed al-Tabtabaie, a former member of parliament, called the deaths "a big question mark over America's human rights record" and said the United States should release the prisoners or give them fair trials.

"Things should not stay as is at this prison. This would be a black spot in the history of humanity, especially from a country that claims to be modern and that claims to uphold human rights and democracy," said Tabtabaie.

Britain, Germany and Denmark joined a chorus of rights groups that have long expressed outrage at the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and urged Washington to close it.

"If it is perfectly legal and there is nothing going wrong there, why don't they have it in America?" Britain's Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman asked on BBC television.

It’s pretty sad when other countries have to warn the US about Human Rights violations (Germany, seriously?). I’m of the personal opinion that there is nothing illegal going on there. I do not believe we are torturing anyone, or anything like that, but the thoughts are still in the minds of people around the world. How can the US be seen as the world wide leader of Human Rights, when we have this black mark on us?

My biggest concern is that all of these prisoners are being kept there, indefinitely. I realize that most of them are very dangerous, but what about the ones that aren’t? What about the captives who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time? I don’t see why we can’t get this all sorted out and them out of there. It really makes no sense to me.


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