I don't recall receiving too many emails regarding the closing of Guantanamo Bay Prison, which Pres. Obama signed an executive order to close within the next year.
This brings up several questions:
- There are approx. 250 prisoners still kept at the prison, what will happen to them?
- Of the ones who are proven guilty, what will be their fate?
- Of the ones who are proven innocent, what will be their fate?
- What reparations will be made to the prisoners and their families of those who were innocent all these years?
- How many of the prisoners will receive a fair trial?
- Will secret evidence be used?
- Will evidence that was obtained while using (illegal forms of) torture be used?
- Where will the innocent prisoners go?
- The US is unwilling to offer any of them to settle in the US.
- They have no say in where they will be sent and may be sent to countries where their families cannot join them.
- Many of their countries of origin have revoked their citizenship/legal status and/or are unwilling to take them back
- The US has repeatedly asked its allies to accept the prisoners, most are unwilling and the ones that are take only a few at a time.
- Until a country is willing to host these individuals, they have to remain in confinement, which may take years (and has for some of the prisoners already released).
- When will the international community challenge the US for using methods that go against the Geneva Conventions?
- What will Congress do when all these issues will be given to them to sort out?
- What is the future of the US's policies on imprisonment, extraordinary rendition, and torture?
If interested, some movies discussing this topic include:
Road To Guantanamo
Taxi to the Dark Side
OUTLAWED: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the "War on Terror"