From Cuba to Iraq?
Is the US about to transfer its captives from the Guantanamo prison in Cuba to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that he will soon close the special prison constructed under the Bush administration in the isolated American outpost of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Before, the Bush officials argued to prevent the closing of this prison because they did not want to allow the prisoners to enter the United States, where they would be entitled to the protection of the U.S. law. This would require the government to allow them to have lawyers, to protect them from torture, and to try them by judges and not by military tribunals.
Because the U.S. does not want to have the prisoners in America, but must evacuate them from Cuba, they are now actively looking for other places in the world to which it can send these 'special' prisoners. American diplomats have already started checking this with countries in Europe and elsewhere.
In the latest development, it has now been learnt that the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq will be reopened. The prison became one of the most famous prisons in history because of the way in which American soldiers there abused of Iraqi prisoners. Now it is to be operated by the Iraqi military as part of a secret deal with the American authorities.
Many in Iraq are worried that the US will transfer Iraqi prisoners to Abu Ghraib simply in order to say they are not responsible for them any more, while inside the walls of the prison these prisoners will be abused and tortured as before. But there is also the possibility that the hidden prisoners will not just be from Iraq.
Now, there is a new question on everyone's lips: Will the dark stain that is known as Abu Ghraib be the new home to the atrocities known as Guantanamo?