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Freedom and Liberty by Lisa Watkins - Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9:56 AM Guantanamo Bay is the opposite of “the spirit of liberty”. The rights have been completely stripped away from these prisoners. In the Bill of Rights part of Amendment VI reads, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and the district wherein the crime shall have been committed (Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle P.629).” So not only were we refusing to give them a speedy trial or even charging them with a crime, we have kidnapped these people and brought them to our prison. Amendment VIII reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted (Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle P.629).” We have tortured these prisoners and put them in lengthy solitary confinement which also goes against The Bill of Rights. These go directly against the principles of freedom that our country was founded upon. Colombo, Gary., Cullen, Robert., and Lisle, Bonnie. Rereading America. 9 th Edition. For Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2013. Permalink | Reply Re: Freedom and Liberty by Emily Hastings - Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:07 PM Lisa, First off, I think your post is great! I find it interesting how you use the 8th Amendment in your argument, because I never even thought of it in mine. However, the way we treat these men goes against what our forefathers wrote for us centuries ago. We are torturing these men and they undergo cruel and unusual punishment in a prison ran by the United States. Therefore, what is happening in our prison, even if it's not on our land, is against our Constitution. We shouldn't pick and choose which Amendments we follow. It's either all or none, and right now we are not following all. But nonetheless, I completely agree that what we are doing in Guantanamo Bay is against our Constitution. A Lapse in Liberty by Kassidy Maddox - Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:39 PM
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The United States ideal of liberty has been a great source of pride for the nation since its creation; however, there have been many instances throughout the history of America that have not been in agreement with the ideal. The treatment of prisoners from the “War on Terror” at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is a current example of this lapse in upholding liberty. Primarily due to the fact that these prisoners are being treated as less than human. By doing this, we Americans as a whole are thus losing our own humanity, and in essence becoming even less than those that are being punished. While I am not condoning or supporting the actions of terrorists, it is my view that it helps nothing to allow ourselves to be lowered down to the very level of those that despise America, because it only further justifies their hate and plays into their hand, adding to the fire. There has to be a middle ground between condemnation and humanity; you will only get back what you put in.
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