Terrorism-Yes

Terrorism-Yes - Alexander Muhr PPD 225 Public Policy and...

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Alexander Muhr PPD 225 – Public Policy and Management Debates and Position Paper Prof. Michael Moody March 28, 2006 Guantanamo Bay: The Country’s Safety Ahead of Terrorists “We will answer history’s call to protect America and preserve our way of life.” – President Bush 1
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After the September 11 th attacks on the World Trade center and the Pentagon, policies on defending a particular way of life changed forever. The customs before dictated to only strike if there was “imminent” danger or there was an outright attack. Following that day, the United States decided to no longer wait for complicated and tedious international diplomacy to defend itself. Instead, there was a fundamental shift towards a “pre-emptive” style of defense and protection of the unique American way of life. In the process, military campaigns were launched on Afghanistan and Iraq due to situations that were deemed dangerous to the United States. Specifically in Afghanistan, there were, or still are, many suspected al-Qaeda members that were being harbored in the country, and when found were brought back to the US Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The question has developed if these detainees should be held indefinitely for being suspected or proven terrorists without the privileges of the Geneva Conventions? The answer is yes, and the maximum access to a trial should be limited to a military tribunal. The attacks on the United States were the major catalyst in how our country decides how to defend itself from threats inside and outside the borders. Before, for the most part, international law was more of a reactionary stance towards terrorism and was standard to be more of a diplomatic way to appease the international community. When the bombings on the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya occurred, there was clear evidence that al-Qaeda was behind them, and President Clinton was given the opportunity to eliminate Osama Bin Laden. There was evidence that he would be in a specific place at a certain time somewhere in Afghanistan and a missile could reach that point. 2
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Unfortunately, the policy at the time was not a “pre-emptive” one and they decided to wait too long and basically rearranged rubble in the depths of Afghanistan. Most people would like to believe that a type of “pre-emptive” defense is a novel
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