Guantanamo Bay secrets leaked
The Guardian have, once again, proved they are the leaders in quality journalism in their publication of the Guantanamo secret files (25 March 2011). In the multiple-page analysis, it is strikingly terrifying of both the threat to international security and brutality of the government regime exposed to the world. Whilst some detainees were abused and others held on false accounts, we should not underestimate the fact that these are dangerous individuals who have connections to al-Qaeda and terrorist networks.
Some, however, were proven to pose no or little threat to the United States and its allies, and it is clear they were dealt with as ethically and efficiently as possible. The President’s decision not to close Guantanamo Bay should not be disapproved – in the interest of international security and aligned to the objective of reducing and limiting terrorist activity, such habitats must be provided to ensure the safety of the international security community.
In any country around the world which has such a facility and its associated regime, there will be punishments and brutality, together with questionable interrogation techniques, that other countries do not agree with. For us, the reader, we have not been unfortunate enough to witness the undercover systems around the world, which is why such culturally and ethically diverse manipulations of power and responsibility shock and dismay.
We must be wary of dangerous terrorist groups and use the US example for two reasons: to promote ways of harnessing the most dangerous individuals, and to use the Guardian’s publication to find ways of improving the security and safety systems and control regimes in the UK and abroad. We must remember our world is now a dangerous place to live with militants and terrorists angry at the west for their intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan; they are frustrated at our involvement in Libya and even more-so at how we treat those detained in such highly-secured prisons. We must shut such menaces indoors for the foreseeable future, not let them arrest us on our own soil through means of terrorism, death and destruction.