President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday February 23, 2016 when he called for the closure of the notorious holding facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Guantanamo Bay is a U.S. high-security detention affiliation for terrorists in which is located in Cuba. Terrorists from wars that we fought against such as: Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, and even Taliban. America has once held Suspects from russia, France, and Great Britain have also been held there.
In a press release, President Obama stated, “the prison is a troubled past or era of wartime behavior.”
As the prison shuts down, all current prisoners will be transferred and kept on U.S. soil. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about closing Guantanamo Bay back in 2008, to which he replied, “I am glad they’re in Guantanamo and not on U.S. soil, because if they were on our soil then they would have access to lawyers as well as them just being in our prisons. If anything we should double Guantanamo.” Romney’s words reflect quite a few Americans’ perspectives on the facility’s happenings.
Australian Ambassador Dennis Richardson explained in an interview, “The US has been asked to do the dirty work by a lot of the world, and Guantanamo Bay has been a significant part of that.” The cons are in plain sight: Do we really want terrorists that do not like Americans, kept on U.S. soil?
President Obama stated that “we have to change course”. According to Yahoo News, the U.S. was spending an estimated $450 million in one year alone to keep the prison open, along with $200 million in additional costs, such as maintenance and food. Experts wondered if keeping the prison open and spending about $650 million average a year is worth it all? Many agree that having terrorists on our soil isn’t the best idea, yet we need to be smart about this financially.
“Keeping this prison open is a contrary to our values. It undermines our standing on the world.” President Obama elaborated. America has always had the feeling that we need to live up to the founding fathers’ expectations to some extent; giving individuals the due process of law was a key ideal that the country was founded upon. It seems many feel this promise should be extended to all, not simply law-abiding citizens.
Yahoo News speculated that when Guantanamo Bay closes, in the course of the next 10 years, the U.S. will save more than $300 million, and $1.7 billion in 20 years. If we uphold the values of the founding fathers, it appears we are better off closing it down, yet one has to wonder the cost we are paying to ensure liberty for all. Is it worth having known and suspected terrorists coming on American soil?
By: Taylor Souza