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Should the U.S. close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?

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Guantanmo Bay Poll Results

Yes

302,939 votes

41%

No

431,739 votes

59%

Distribution of answers submitted by American voters.

4 Yes answers
4 No answers
0 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Mar 2, 2016. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Learn more about Guantanmo Bay

In February 2016, President Obama sent Congress a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The U.S. took over control of Guantanamo Bay after the Spanish American war in 1903 under the Cuban-American Treaty of Relations. The treaty specifies that the U.S. controls the territory while Cuba retains sovereignty. In January 2002, the U.S. military set up a detention center to hold terrorist suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The U.S. chose the location due to the fact that terrorist suspects held at the center would not be protected under the Geneva Convention since it was located outside of the U.S. The detention center has held up to 779 inmates, many of whom have described being subject to abuse and torture including waterboarding. President Obama’s plan to close the prison would send 30 to 60 prisoners to prisons in the U.S. and transfer the remaining prisoners to other countries. Proponents of closing the base argue that indefinitely holding prisoners in Guantanamo is unconstitutional since none of the prisoners have been tried and convicted in a court of law. Opponents argue that closing the base would put the U.S. at risk of another terrorist attack since prisoners would be transferred to prisons in the U.S.  See recent Guantanmo Bay news

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