Keep Guantanamo Open - 271 Responses

Jan 14, 2015

After the Obama administration authorized the transfer of another group of detainees to facilities in countries such as Oman and Estonia in January 2015, New Hampshire's U.S. Rep. Kelly Ayotte joined a group of GOP legislators calling for legislation to make it tougher for the President to move or release Guantanamo prisoners.  In the wake of Ayotte's announcement, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to answer the question, "Do you think that the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp should be closed?"

A 69% majority of those providing a direct answer to the question expressed opposition to closing the facility, while 31% were in favor. Thirty-three percent of respondents did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to broader issues. In sum, the LFDA received 140 specific comments and 137 concurrences for a total of 277 citizen responses. 

Those standing against the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp argued that it was an essential element of the war on terror. "It is necessary to the security of our state," one poster argued. "How much does it cost in lives and money to fight these people again? Keep them there," another argued. 

Some of those in favor of efforts to close the camp held that it was an unnecessary drain on U.S. finances, as prisoners could be moved to other facilities. "Gitmo must be shut down for purely fiscal reasons," one poster argued. Others opposed the camp on moral grounds. "It's a black mark on our history," one commenter said. "There's no reason for it," another added. 

Those opting not to provide a direct answer used the question to spark discussion on a variety of issues, including alternatives to holding prisoners at Guantanamo. "How about just making sure that we do the right thing, and have some form of legal proceedings for those imprisoned there?" one commenter suggested. 

Click here to see the full Facebook discussion of this question.

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