September 24th, 2012
The treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo bay is in much debate today. Accusations from prisoners being denied their basic human rights, to without a trial for long periods of time, reports of prisoner abuse and unauthorized torture of detainees. Officials say that is not the case and any incidents of this is handled on a case by case review.
Officials say that any detainees held for long periods of time are slowly getting released and have a trial but it takes time to process each case. At it height the prison held about 750 prisoners and now has about 520. This number is not exact because the Pentagon will not confirm the number. The detainees are mostly from the Afghanistan war and countries in thar region but there are othe other countries too. People are calling for the shut down of the facility. Detainees coming into prison has slowed down to a trickle but has not stopped.
The Patriot Act signed into law October 26 2001, reduces the restrictions in law enforcement in gathering intelligence with the US. It regulates financial transactions both foreign and domestic and the detaining and the deporting of immigrants suspected of terrorism. This law has helped keep bases like Guantanamo Bay opened because of the fear of another 9/11/2001.