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Published:November 11th, 2008 08:02 EST
Guantanamo Bay

Obama Wil Shut Down GITMO

By Robert Paul Reyes

The Guantanamo Bay prison is a reviled symbol of America`s arrogance and disrespect for the Geneva conventions and other international laws. In the name of fighting terrorism the Bush administration has violated the sovereignty of foreign countries, tortured suspected terrorists, denied prisoners habeas corpus and violated the privacy of Americans.

Guantanamo Bay Barack Obama realizes that symbols are very important, and he has made it his priority to close down the notorious prison camp.

The Statue of Liberty is an important symbol that speaks volumes about the generosity of America in opening its arms to foreigners seeking freedom. The Guantanamo Bay is a hated symbol that speaks volumes about the xenophobia of the Bush administration. We should take down all symbols that paint a false portrait of our great democracy.

"President-elect Obama`s advisers are crafting plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and prosecute terrorism suspects in the U.S., a plan that the Bush administration said Monday was easier said than done.

Under the plan being crafted inside Obama`s camp, some detainees would be released and others would be charged in U.S. courts, where they would receive constitutional rights and open trials."

MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writers

Bush tried to establish democracy in Iraq, an utterly impossible mission in a country with no history of democracy and no taste for it. At the same time he made a mockery of democracy by denying the suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay the most basic human rights.

Maybe developing countries wouldn`t have such a poor opinion of democracy, if we set a good example and treat everyone, even suspected terrorists, as human beings who are entitled to protection under the Geneva conventions.