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Guantanamo

Guantanamo Bay is a US run military facility that has been used to detain people accused of terrorism related offences, firstly by the Bush administration and now the Obama administration. Guantanamo bay was used because Bush administration officials argued that it fell outside the law, and so no scrutiny would be placed on the unlawful imprisonment and illegal treatment of detainees. Whilst the US administration says that detainees are held due to a ‘war on terror’, they refused to treat the detainees as prisoners of war (POW’s), rather they are labelled ‘unlawful enemy combatants’. After the Hamdan case however, the US government was told that the US government did not hold a ‘blank cheque’, and ruled in favour of detainees seeking habeas corpus.