Clinton fires at Guantanamo

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

Mr Clinton’s remarks came as debate rages in Washington over the future
of the detention centre, and follows US Senate hearings on the issue last week.

“It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there
about people being abused,” Mr Clinton told the Financial Times.

Mr Clinton questioned whether the harsh treatment of terrorist suspects
was in line with the “fundamental nature” of US society.

“If the answer is ‘yes’, you have already given the terrorists a
profound victory,” Mr Clinton was quoted as saying.

Mr Clinton, the most prominent individual to criticise the US-run facility which holds hundreds of terror suspects, said there were also practical objections to the US military abusing prisoners.

“If we get a reputation for abusing people it puts our own soldiers much more at risk.”

“And, second, if you rough up somebody bad enough, they’ll eventually tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to stop doing it,” he said.

However President George W Bush insisted the so-called “war on terror” prisoners at the Guantanamo detention camp are treated humanely and he urged journalists to visit the camp.

Speaking after the annual EU-US summit, the president said Washington had opened the prison to “24-hour inspections” by the International Committee of the Red Cross and had decided those held there “will be treated in accord with the Geneva Convention.”

“If you’ve got questions about Guantanamo, I seriously suggest you go down there and take a look, seriously, and take an objective look as to how these folks are treated and what has happened to them in the past,” he told journalists.

There are currently 520 inmates from about 40 countries at the camp,
which is on a US naval base in Cuba.

Most were detained in Afghanistan, after
the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, or in Iraq.

US military authorities have so far designated 12 prisoners as eligible to
face war crimes charges in front of US military tribunals, which have also been
fiercely criticised.

US federal courts are currently deciding whether the tribunals are legal.

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