Gitmo Closedown

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Dated back in 1903 when the American government leashed the Cuban bay, Guantanamo has been a self-enclosed outpost in a hostile land of the United States. After September 11 2001 Guantanamo base became the detention camp for prisoners who were suspected to be terrorists. The indefinite detainment there is not constitutional, which has received several criticisms from other countries and human rights organizations. The act of new President Barrack Obama to sign executive orders to shut down Guantanamo base is the action the whole world has been waiting for years. It is time to put an end to torture and cruelty to innocent people.

Throughout the United States the anti-terrorism wave raised an overwhelming reaction to the national security. After invading Afghanistan, all the suspects of being Al Qaeda members and supporters were moved to Guantanamo. On September 6, 2006, President George Bush announced that enemy combatants held by the CIA will be transferred to the custody of Department of Defense, and held at Guantánamo Prison.

Out of almost eight hundred prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, there are only twenty give cases were taken to the Supreme Court; the others remain in detention camp without charge and without proof to be charged.

The media has reported several prisoner complaints of mistreatment. Among those the most famous case perhaps is the documentary of the “Tipton Three.” The three Britons were captured in Afghanistan as suspected to be involved with Taliban, where their nightmare began. They reported torture, forced drugging, sexual assault and even religion persecution. Asif Iqbal, one of the three young men recalled: “If your head wasn't touching the floor or you let it rise up a little they put their boots on the back of your neck and forced it down. We were kept like that for two or three...