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Many decades ago, my father was stationed at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba, at a time when Cuba revelled in being the “Riviera of the Caribbean”. Today, after nearly a half century under a Communist dictator, the island is a shell of its former beauty. Sitting at one end, the United States continues to maintain its military base.
So as we began to enter the war on terror, seeking out Osama bin Laden, the enemy combattants that the United States was able to identify and capture were brought to GITMO while it was determined how to proceed legally against these enemy combattants.
GITMO became a campaign topic, as Barack Obama vowed to close the detention center at GITMO, sending detainees back to their homeland or bringing them to the US for trial, where the ACLU would jump at the opportunity to defend those who were a part of the 9-11 terrorist attack on US soil.
Having been elected President, and having received his national security briefings (remember, as President, Obama does NOT have to pass the security clearances that the rest of us would have to go through for a job in any of the governmental departments), Obama has begun to reconsider his position on GITMO. Adding to his dilemna is the fact that several of the detainees want to plead guilty to their role in terrorists attacks, to be sentenced to death, and to be a martyr for their cause.
Thoughts on the pros and cons of Guantanomo Bay??