Closing Guantánamo A good Idea or Bad?

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
November 18, 2008 10:50am CST
President Obama has said he will close the prison at Guantánamo. There are still about 250 prisoners there that are not Prisoners of War but are Illegal Enemy Combatants according to the Geneva Convention. What should happen to them?
5 responses
• United States
18 Nov 08
This issue alone will cause some people to wonder "What have we done?"
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Nov 08
I hope our new president has an Idea of what he is doing by closing the base.
• United States
19 Nov 08
It seems that "Hope" is all we have. But then, It's all we were promised.
@katran (590)
• United States
8 Dec 08
It should not surprise any of us that Obama would want to do this. I bet it is one of the first things he will do. It seems like many of the things he says he wants to do are incredibly lacking in foresight, and this is just one more of those things. I'm sure he won't have a plan about what to do with all of those people, and it wouldn't surprise me if he just lets them all go, probably giving some reasoning like "We didn't have enough evidence to hold them there in the first place."
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Like many hings he has an outline with no details. When he is faced with the reality he will back peddle and say it is not the right time to do it.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
5 Dec 08
There is a saying on my wall on a postcard that says "Let us not become the evil we deplore." Closing Guantánamo is a good and much needed step back from America becoming that evil. We're better that, this citizen says. Good show, Mr. Obama.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
8 Dec 08
What are you gong to do with the unlawful enemy combatants that are there? Many of them have no country that will accept them or they refuse to leave. If you read the Geneva Convention Treaty that everyone loves to quote these people have no rights. They are considered people with out protection under the law. During WWII President Roosevelt had some German citizens and American Citizens who came into this country to commit acts of violence shot after a hearing before a secret military commission. If they are sent back to their country the will be executed, no other country wants them because they are trouble makers and if they were not fighting in war they would be the worst criminal element in the country, this is why no country wants them.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
19 Nov 08
By all means let's bring these people into the US and give them the benefit of our court system at our expense. We can even let them out on bail to run around committing their terrorists acts while they are awaiting trial, and give them the benefit of Constitutional Rights even though they are not citizens, and even though they acted against this country. That sounds like a brilliant plan to me, and fits right in line with what I have come to expect of bleeding heart anti-American liberals.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Nov 08
It may help to stem the tide of liberalism and if we can find some conserveitive that are willing to tell it like it is maybe we can get some elected to congress in 2010.
@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
18 Nov 08
The constitutionality of Guantanimo has been in question for some time now. Both of the candidates in the recent elections realized this, so no matter who won, it would be the same results. However, that beign said, we have a problem. What to do with the detainees we are holding there. If we bring them in to the united states, they would be subject to Havius Corpus, and most would have to be turned loose on U.S. soil, a disaster waiting to happen. Many of their own countries do not want them back. It seems the only choice right now is to move them to other bases outside the U.S.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Nov 08
What I find interesting is that the media, politicians and lawyers kept changing the definitions of torture, Enemy Combatants, Illegal Enemy Combatants. They wanted Military Tribunals and now a US Trial with full Constitutional rights. The problem as I see it is they keep changing what they want. We have the baddest of the bad and no one wants them. Their home land is glad to be rid of them and laughing at us for not just executing them.