Breaking International Law – Guantanamo Bay And The US

May 30th, 2013

Breaking International Law: Guantanamo Bay And The United States

Freedom Comes At A Price
There is a major controversy surrounding the facility known as Guantanamo Bay. This facility holds suspected terrorist suspects in an unusual manner. Essentially, detainees are held without proper American judiciary hearings. Moreover, most detainees wait years before they go on trial. In a sense, because this facility takes place away from American soil, this allows the United States to institute different laws regarding the inmates at Guantanamo Bay. Some of the most Read the rest of this entry »

Individual Rights Under The Patriot Act

April 13th, 2013

Individual Rights Under The Patriot Act

Since Congress first passed and President George W. Bush first signed into law the Patriot Act in October 2011, the act has been controversial for the way it recasts notions of Americans’ individual liberties. The purpose of the act was to make it easier for law enforcement officials to gain intelligence about and capture terrorists at home and abroad. In order to do so, the act allowed law enforcement members to extensively survey people they Read the rest of this entry »

The Road to Guantanamo

March 31st, 2013

The Road to Guantanamo, aside from having a (believe it or not) splendid golf course, with a shop selling the best rangefinders for beginners, portrays the harrowing true story of three British men of Arab descent, Asif Iqbal, Shafiq Rasul and Ruhel Amhed, who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up as prisoners of war at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Having journeyed to Pakistan to attend a wedding, the three friends make the ill-fated decision to go across the border into Afghanistan only days after the 9/11 attacks on America, in order to witness the action taking place there. Although they manage to travel throughout parts of the country unharmed for almost a month, their plans begin to unravel when they decide to return to Pakistan. After ending up on the wrong bus, they find themselves moving further into the heart of Afghanistan, where they eventually end up in the midst of combat between Taliban and Northern Alliance troops. 

In an ultimate case of mistaken identity, the three men are captured by Northern Alliance troops, turned over to the US Military, and sent with other accused Taliban and Al-Quaeda members to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they are labeled as “enemy combatants.” Although never officially charged with any crime, they are forced to endure harsh interrogations, beatings, and torture by military personnel and the CIA in an attempt to obtain confessions, and, like the other prisoners held there, they are denied access to any legal counsel or recourse. After being held for over two years in the camp, they are finally released and allowed to return home to England, with no apology from or accountability on the part of the US government.

Combining actual news footage, interviews with the three men, and actors’ portrayals of the events, director Michael Winterbottom creates a drama with a documentary feel that relates the events and emotions of the story with compelling accuracy.

Human Rights Violations At Guantanamo Bay

September 24th, 2012

The treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo bay is in much debate today. Accusations from prisoners being denied their basic human rights, to without a trial for long periods of time, reports of prisoner abuse and unauthorized torture of detainees. Officials say that is not the case and any incidents of this is handled on a case by case review.

Officials say that any detainees held for long periods of time are slowly getting released and Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court Decisions Regarding Guantanamo Bay

September 21st, 2012

Last week a U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth told the military as well as the Presidency they have no say when it comes to the way that defense attorneys operate at Guantanamo. The holding facility takes up about 45 square miles of Cuba and currently has a population of approximately 165 prisoners.

Judge Royce Lamberth makes the ruling shortly before Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, goes to trial. Khalid is accused of being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack in 2001. President Orack Obama swore to close Guantanamo after elected, Read the rest of this entry »

The United Nations Versus The United States

September 20th, 2012

Over the past few months, questions have been arising as to whether or not a global arms treaty discussed at the UN global conference in New York city would in fact infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of United States citizens. In what many gun supporters are calling the United States versus the United Nations, a lot is left to question regarding this issue.

While many conservative Americans, especially those who are supporters of Fox News Network, consider this to be a direct attack on their personal gun ownership Read the rest of this entry »

US Presidential Decrees Regarding Guantanamo Bay

September 18th, 2012

The name Guantanamo Bay can incite different feelings in people depending upon their views about United States Policy. However, few individuals can deny the controversy surrounding this detention center. Some see it as a monument to the war on terrorism. Others see it in direct contradiction of America’s stand on human rights. The actions that have taken place within its walls can be traced to two Presidential Decrees changing the status of prisoners and redefining the meaning of Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief History Of Guantanamo Bay

September 15th, 2012

Guantanamo Bay is the oldest US naval base outside of the United States. It is also the only Us naval base in a communist country. The base has been a part of the navy since 1903 when it was leased from the Cuban government. A lease that was renewed in 1934 and essentially made permanent when a provision was added that stated both countries have to agree to eliminate the base for the contract to be voided. Read the rest of this entry »