September 21st, 2012
Last week a U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth told the military as well as the Presidency they have no say when it comes to the way that defense attorneys operate at Guantanamo. The holding facility takes up about 45 square miles of Cuba and currently has a population of approximately 165 prisoners.
Judge Royce Lamberth makes the ruling shortly before Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, goes to trial. Khalid is accused of being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack in 2001. President Orack Obama swore to close Guantanamo after elected, but it still operates to this day.
Whether or not the prisoners are being treated fairly at Guantanamo has long been a political and human rights debate. Back in 2008 it was a Supreme Court decision that gave habeas corpus to the captives at Guantanamo. The ruling was a result of Boumediene v. Bush.
Many are conflicted as patriots whether the detainees should be allowed these privileges. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney voiced back in 2007 that he wished to double the capacity of Guantanamo. With President Obama whmo has yet to close Guantanamo and Mitt Romney whom wants to double it’s capacity, anything could happen in the 2012 election year.