International Justice

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Torture or Trickery in Guantanamo Bay

The early 2000’s were filled with a great amount of speculation surrounding the circumstances of the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Questions of torture tactics and classified messages between top FBI officials over the legality of the treatment of prisoners filled the media. Many agents working at Guantanamo Bay say tactics used by interrogators and other officials were certainly forms of torture violating international law; however, interrogators responded that they were following orders and their officers told them the prisoners were not protected by the Geneva Convention. Officials working at the prison did admit to their awareness of international laws, but many claimed they used trickery, not torture, as a way to get prisoners to give up information. While speculation still remains about the events that took place at Guantanamo Bay, a few things are for sure. First, the prison most certainly must follow international laws and is covered under the Geneva Convention. Next, the definition of torture is one that should be defined in broad enough terms to encompass all forms of mistreatment or ‘trickery.’ Lastly, if the question needs to be asked whether torture is taking place, it most likely is.



One response to “Torture or Trickery in Guantanamo Bay

  1. Mckenna WestCoates September 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    The situation of torture at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a tricky one when it comes where the international justice system will ever prosecute. Some can say the actions taken at Guantanamo Bay were legal under the rules of the Patriot act. Though they have pictures and some evidence of the actions taken there no United States government official will admit to the torture. That or they will claim these actions were taken for the safety of the American people. The United States is considered one of the most powerful countries in the world. Therefore we fall under an area that most leaders can and will never truly be prosecuted in the international court system. It is just not reasonable to believe that the government will ever admit to wrong doing.

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