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Executive Order: Close Down Guantánamo Bay

Posted by alhavakia on January 23, 2009

“We intend to win this fight, but we are going to win it on our terms.” President Obama, made this statement yesterday, January 22, 2009.

President Obama signed three executive orders yesterday, one of which was to close down Guantanamo Bay.

President Obama also said, “The message that we are sending the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly and we are going to do so effectively and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals.”

Guantanamo Bay’s prison has been plagued with rumors and accusations of torture and humiliation of prisoners. While some citizens might not see where that is a problem, others will readily acknowledge this is a very serious problem. Our system is based on the precept all people are created equal and ‘entitled to a fair’ trial. These prisoners are being held under ‘suspision’ of crimes. Held for years without the benefit of trial, some with only the ‘suspision’ of guilt by association — no proof! (If you know someone who robbed a bank, does that make you guilty too?)

When we give in to the idea of ‘acceptance’ of practices we know are unfair, torturous or inhumane, we become the very people we despise, the very terrorists we are fighting against — and accuse them [the prisoners] of being.

If we are to remain the Greatest Nation on Earth, we must raise our standards of justice, not sully them by turning a blind eye to the reality of what is going on, and has been going on for years at Guantanamo Bay’s prison.

President Obama, you get double kudos from me, for taking the first step towards Justice concerning the prisoners and detainees at Guantanomo Bay.

This is not to state there aren’t some concerns with the terms of President Obama’s Executive Order to close down Guantanamo Bay.

Transcripts of the executive order, along with a video clip can be found at the following link: DailyKOSTV


2 Responses to “Executive Order: Close Down Guantánamo Bay”

  1. waltersdimention said

    So we are going to remain a great country just because Obama is going to release the prisoners at Gitmo. This word that gets thrown around all the time “the standard of justice” just what does that mean. You do know that of the 60 prisoners at Gitmo that were released on the the grounds of being found innocent, you know they all returned to the battle field to kill soldiers. But you wouldn’t know that because of the kool aid drinking liberal media that won’t report it. I’ m sure the terrorist are reall happy at the justice that they are going to be shown. I can almost hear them laughfing, “hahahaha those stupid Americans think that we are not going to come back and kill them”. But you go ahead and give Obama double kudos for what he has done. Just “hope” that they won’t come back and kill me and you.

    • alhavakia said

      I feel the passion of your words and respect your right to your own opinions. However, we must remember it is the ‘integrity’ of true justice that is at issue. I do not imply guilt or innocence in the matter of the prisoners. If we are to declare ourselves of higher moral character than those we accuse, we must possess and abide by those ‘higher’ standards. Otherwise we become that in which we accuse. We also set a precedence for which we can expect ‘to receive’ for ourselves, from within our own justice system. By upholding their rights we preserve our own – and those of our soldiers.

      I, being a conservative myself, do not rely on mainstream media. Rather, I rely on my own intelligence to decipher fact from fiction and my own conscience to guide me in what is right, and what common decency dictates within my heart. Mainstream media is dependent on sensationalism for ratings. I know first hand the distorted views presented by different media persons when they think it can result in higher ratings.

      As to the soldiers who give their lives to fight for our freedom – my own son is in the U.S. Military, as was my father. My family has been very fortunate in the fact that we have not endured what many families of soldiers have – news that your loved one has been killed in combat. It is with the respect I hold for these brave soldiers that I stand against those who would sully the integrity of Justice. To torture is a retaliation in vengeance. Vengeance knows no bounds, and there can be no justice in that.

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