Since the War on Terrorism began, thousands of
suspected terrorists have been captured by the US
and allied forces. Of these, those deemed to be the
most dangerous have been transported to Camp X-Ray
in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. From the time the first
pictures of these prisoners arriving at Camp X-Ray
were made public, there has been a heated debate
over which legal status and rights to afford to
detainees in the War on Terrorism.
If any agreement is to be made, it is important to
obtain a basic understanding of the issue itself as
well as both sides of the debate. In order to do
this, three core issues are explored: Firstly, what
are President Bush''s strategic reasons for refusing
to grant the Guantánamo detainees POW status, and
what are the steps that the Administration has taken
in order to ensure that its strategies in
approaching the War on Terror are protected?
Secondly, what are the counter arguments to the Bush
Administration''s position, who is voicing these
arguments, and why? Finally, what impact does the
Bush Administration''s position have on how and to
what extent the War on Terror is waged?