Guantanamo bay
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp, established in 2002, is a military prison located at our Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba. The stated reason for its existence is to “detain extraordinarily dangerous prisoners, to interrogate prisoners in an optimal setting, and to prosecute prisoners for war crimes.” Most Guantanamo prisoners were captured in Afghanistan and have been detained for more than 12 years without being charged. Some of these inmates are “indefinite detainees” - prisoners whose guilt is fairly certain and are considered too dangerous to be released but, due to insufficient evidence, cannot be tried in court. Advocates and former prisoners have accused our military of human rights abuses by subjecting these detainees to torture, sexual degradation, forced drugging and religious persecution. At least 6 Guantanamo detainees are reported to have committed suicide and 9 others have reportedly died in custody, but defense lawyers contend these numbers are understated. President Obama’s continued attempts to close this facility have been unsuccessful due to Congressional opposition to transferring these prisoners to stateside federal prisons or sending them abroad. It costs taxpayers $100 million per year to detain these remaining 116 prisoners at Guantanamo. Those opposed to releases say these prisoners should stay behind bars until we can assure they will not return to the battlefield. However, as of January 2015, only 6 detainees transferred during the Obama administration are confirmed to have returned to militant activities. Currently, Guantanamo is home to 112 detainees. Those opposed to Guantanamo Bay say it has been a failure and shameful disgrace since it opened. They claim that indefinitely incarcerating those who have not been charged, or tried in a court of law, violates everything we’re fighting for and everything we stand for as a nation.

Pending Legislation:
S.165 - Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015

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