First 100 Days of Obama and Guantanamo
The first 100 days of Obama’s administration has promised to be full of hope, change, and full of solutions to America’s woes. This should be the first warning sign of disappointment- As long as Americans essentially give up their rights and rely on one man to fix their problems, nothing will change. The democratic process is based on civic engagement by citizens of a country, ideally the system would work from bottom to top. Currently, Americans keep the system working frm top to bottom, with the latter, not even trying to influence the politicians on top. It’s rather unfortunate, considering this mentality of a one-man-savior is something rather antiquated and almost child-like. What is the point of Americans proudly boasting how great our system is if the don’t even use? Aside from that, my point is that, as long as Americans refuse to question the administration or even force them to listen to the majority of systems, CHANGE WILL NOT OCCUR.
For instance, the issue of “Gitmo” Guanatanamo Bay- a prison center that should have never been constructed, has been ordered to be “shut down”, but not for another year.
Furthermore, what many people are forgetting is the fact that Guantanamo bay should not have existed in the first place, including those who are help captive. Obama’s administration claims that they will “The order also orders that all prisoners held at Guantanamo be held in a manner consistent with the Geneva Conventions until the facility is closed.” Please take this with a grain of salt, considering throughout the existence of the camp, it has been said that those being held captive have been treated according to the Geneva conventions until 2005 when it was published in newspapers that Bush overruled the UN ruling.
Secondly, even if they are now, I mean a year from now, going to be treated better, what will happen to them? Will they be tried through a military tribunal or the American criminal justice system? They shouldn’t be tried in the first place, considering majority are random people that just happen to cross the CIA’s path. As Tim McCormack, professor of international humanitarian law at the University of Melbourne, points out, “that the US government has a challenge in determining the future of some detainees.
There is clearly a majority of detainees who will never be tried because there is insufficient evidence against them,” he told Al Jazeera.
If they are released, where will they go? It seems that some detainees would face the real threat of persecution and even torture if they return to their home countries.”
A positive point is that Obama has banned “the CIA from operating secret prisons, and forbids them from opening any new such facilities.”
But, it does not end the practice of rendition itself, which is ” the secret detention and transfer of “terror” suspects from one country to another.”
The new Attorney General, Eric Holder, will conduct reviews of each case of rendition that has occurred but has not ordered a stop to this horrendous act.
What the underlying implication behind Obama and his decision to “shut down” Guantanamo in the near future, but continue the use of extraordinary rendition as a method to find enemy combatants, means he is continuing the Bush Administration’s use of fear. This was explicit in his inauguration speech when he stated:
“Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. ”
“We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”
In both statements he uses the same tactic of emphasizing and implementing fear in the minds of Americans, to scare them into trusting him. This is no different than Bush, but Americans are not reading between the lines or asking the right questions. Yes, it is a step in a positive direction that Guantanamo Bay is going to be shut down, but, we should not stop there.
Ask the questions How did we allow this prison camp to be in existence for so long? Why are you not stopping the torture of randomly generated people whose names may be “Islamic” and thus are considered terrorists?
~ by Curry on January 25, 2009.
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