As I wrote a week ago, today is the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay for “enemy combatants.” Not prisoners of war with legal rights accorded the Geneva Conventions, but enemy combatants who exist in some sort of legal black hole.
Guantanamo, a place seemingly set apart from American laws and traditions, is antithetical to our history and our moral fibre. To borrow a line from V for Vendetta, there’s something terribly wrong with this country that something like Guantanamo can happen. Guantanamo isn’t about law and justice; Guantanamo is about fear and power.
It’s time to close Guantanamo.