Today's discussion on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com about the ordered closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility brought varied opinions from callers.
Bahane in California says she is worried that some of the detainees will be released to once again attack in the future.
Leilani in Hawaii believes that at least some of the detainees are not terrorists, but that the inhumane treatment they have allegedly been subjected to will prompt them to become militant and fight the United States and U.S. interests in the future.
Callie from Pennsylvania says she's OK with a proposal to move the detainees to her state when Guantanamo closes. She says those involved in the first attack on the World Trade Center were and continue to be incarcerated in Pennsylvania.
Eric in Iowa argued that the detainees should be tried in the World Court and not by the U.S. government.
Ramin in the United Kingdom is concerned about the conditions under which other detainees that may be held in other countries in the Middle East and eastern Europe may be suffering.
George in New York predicts the closing of Guantanamo will result in no substantial change. Just like President Bush's closing of the Abu Ghraib prison, detainees at Gitmo will, he believes, be transferred to other facilities. He calls the Obama order a "good PR stunt."
Maria in London calls the U.S. treatment of prisoners - holding them without trial - fascist.
Lee from Nevada, though says the detainees are dangerous people and cares less about the way they have been treated. To the contrary, he finds it disconcerting that their treatment has been made public. "The transgressions," he says, "shouldn't have been revealed."
Silvia in Argentina has lived under a dictatorship known for torturing its citizens. She says we must all be patient. It takes time, she says, to get over human rights violations.
Ana in Florida says the closing of Guantanamo Bay gives the United States the diplomatic capital to fight against human rights violations in places like Burma, China and North Korea. The U.S., she says, needs to "lead by example."
Gary from South Carolina says he's not worried about the detainees' human rights. He's more concerned about his own rights to be protected against terrorism.
Younes in Switzerland calls the ordered closing of Guantanamo Bay a good thing, because even suspected terrorists deserve due process of law.
But our final caller, Kurosh in Belgium, says the ordered closing is "just an illusion of a new, fresh start. CIA detention facilities," he asserts, "still exist."