Campus News Blog: Guantanamo Debate Continues

February 28, 2009  

Posted by Elizabeth Siebman

SMU hosted the Wiley College debate team Wednesday to argue the issue of “Closing Guantanamo Bay.” During the debate, SMU argued the affirmative side and Wylie took the negative side.

Guantanamo Bay is a U.S. Naval base located in Cuba that has been used as a detention facility since 1987. It has been the topic of debate for many years due to its questionable tactics in housing prisoners.

The Obama administration recently signed an order suspending the base for 120 days and closing the detention center within a year. Earlier this week, however, a Pentagon official visited the location under the directions of the administration and found that the location followed the laws set forth by the Geneva Convention.

It appears that the debate over Guantanamo Bay is anything but over. SMU won the debate against Wylie; however, it will be interesting to see how the national debate over this controversial detention center ends.

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