Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Most Americans Think Gitmo Should Stay Open

Via Michelle Malkin, here are the latest numbers on what Americans think about Guantanamo Bay.

As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists at a detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the US should continue to operate this facility or do you think the US should close this facility and transfer the prisoners to other facilities?

Continue to operate: 58
Close facility: 36
No opinion: 6

- In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way the US is treating the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba?

Approve: 52
Disapprove: 37
No opinion: 11

- Do you approve/disapprove strongly, or not strongly?

Approve, strongly: 33
Approve, not strongly: 19
Disapprove, not strongly: 14
Disapprove, strongly: 23
No opinion: 11

I would agree that Gitmo should stay open. There have been problems but those appear to have been addressed. But what I continue to not agree with is this attitude that the mistreatment of prisoners isn’t all that important because, on a whole, we treat prisoners incredibly well.

We can’t let the abuses, however rare, just pass into history. I don’t care if they were perpetrated by so-called “bad seeds.” I don’t care if all the problems have been 100% corrected. What I care about is that it happened. And letting it slide without debate, without seriously looking into it means we are willing to tolerate it. And we simply can’t be America and tolerate abuse. That’s just not who we are. Period.

All that said, we should keep Guantanamo Bay open. It serves its purpose as a needed detention facility for dangerous terrorists and Taliban. We do need to figure out exactly what we’re going to do with all those prisoners, but we don’t need to close down the facility. That’s overreacting. The better solution would be Congressional hearings to ensure the problems have stopped and to show that Americans truly do condemn abuse of prisoners.

UPDATE: Dennis over at The Moderate Republican has some great thoughts on this issue.

4 Comments:

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that we should keep our facility for holding Terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Frankly, considering what this is, establishing a holding and interrogation system there is ideal. I can see many positive reasons for doing this. Of course the idea is new and somewhat extreme, so there’s bound to be many eyes watching. However, creativity isn’t normally successful for the first go around anyway. In this case though, the problem is very serious and we are an open society which makes for easy prey for Terrorists. Perhaps, we’re lucky so far to have had only 9/11? I’m sure if more would have happened, attitudes would be much different, don’t you think? The fight to secure our Freedom isn’t a local problem as it’s a world wide problem. Singling out a special area that would be seen as almost isolating is not only smart, a good deterrent and keeps them out of the US. Dealing with the criticism is simple, learn what isn’t acceptable and fix it but above all, keep it.

 
At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guantanamo Bay should be kept open but they need to watch how they act in their. Based on the info I have atleast half of the Bill of Rights is violated and the definition of a terrorist in our country is literally one who opposes the Constitution. All activities there are necessary but the treatment of the prisoners is... inhumane. And many of the people there are unalleged terrorists. SO yes keep it but keep it the way it is absolutely not.

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE THAN 55% PERCENT OF THE DETAINEES TO NOT HAVE COMMITTED ANY HOSTILE ATTACKS AGAINST THE US! OUT OF 775 DETAINEES ONLY TWO HAD COMPLETED TRIALS!ONLY 225 PEOPLE REMAIN OUT OF 775! I EVEN BET THAT SOME VILLAGERS ONLY OCCUSED RANDOM VILLAGERS OF TERRORISM JUST TO RECEIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!! I THINK THEY SHOULD LET THE PRISONERS GO AND CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY!!!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Howard said...

I believe Guantanamo Bay should stay open. I believe there are innocent people in the justice system, but not at Gitmo. These people have done something wrong. Maybe they are not guilty of the crimes they are accused of, but they are guilty of something if they are there. If they had kept their nose clean in the first place they would not be there. Personally, I could care less about those people. They do much worse to American prisoners - take the 2 journalists in North Korea for example (by the way, we should take that place off the map before much longer). In summary, I hate the liberal opinion about gitmo. Who cares? We need to start imprisoning North Korean criminals and waterboarding them!

 

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