Guantanamo prison continues to be a human rights black eye for America. On Friday, a United Nations committee on torture called for the Bush administration to close the U.S. prison in Cuba, saying the inmates should be either charged or released. Britain’s attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, also has called for closing Gitmo, which he said discredits the American tradition of freedom.
Recent accounts of hunger strikes, suicide attempts and attacks on guards by prisoners only reinforce the negative image of the prison.
Gitmo holds only about 460 inmates, most of them thought to be lowly foot soldiers in the Taliban or al-Qaida — these are hardly big fish terrorists.
So why not close it? Is this prison really worth the price in bad publicity and world censure? It’s hard to see how.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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