Basic stance of Paper:
Closing Guantanamo Bay is in the best interest of American security
Following renewed attempts to mend the diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba, the question of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility surfaced in the minds of many observers and stakeholders. This is in combination with the Obama administration’s long standing goal to shut the facility Bay (Davis & Savage, 2016). Many debates were held in support or opposition to the decision; the key question was whether the facility served a vital national security function, or if it was an impediment to the US’ national security. The detainment facility was established for suspected detaining highly dangerous terrorist in 2002. There has been a widespread opposition for the closure of the facility by US citizens who believe that the facility is a vital national security installation (McCarthy, 2014). Moreover, several law makers have vowed to oppose the closure of the facility once the proposal is tabled in congress (Wong, 2016).
However, criticism of the effectiveness of the detainment facility towards improving national security, along with the revelation of the nature of events occurring in the facility through declassified and leaked files, have also emerged (Lolen, 2015). These criticisms have emanated from the US citizenry and the international community alike. Moreover, given the delicate diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, the location of the bay, it would seem undiplomatic for the US to maintain a prison detainment facility in Cuba. These factors have subsequently led to the Obama administration announcing its plans to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay (OPS, 2016).
The aim of this study is twofold: examine the validity of the reasons establishment of the detainment facility. Afterwards, conduct a counterargument against these reasons and provide an in depth explanation of why the closure of the facility is in the best interests of the US’ security.
Sources needed to use + one of your choice:
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Huskey, K. A. (2010). Guantanamo and Beyond: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Preventive Detention. UNHL Rev., 9, 183.
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