Argument: Guantanamo makes it difficult for US allies to help war on terror
At a time when international solidarity is needed to confront the potent and lethal enemy of terrorism, Guantánamo has led to widespread distrust of the United States. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for Guantánamo’s closure. And Justice Lawrence Collins, a British high court judge, has said, 'America’s idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilized nations.'
Baltasar Garzon, Spain’s most prominent magistrate for crimes of terrorism, has warned, 'If we continue along these lines, we are on the road to committing crimes against humanity.'
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, 'There is no question … An institution like Guantánamo in its present form cannot and must not exist in the long term.'"
Matthew Waxman. "The Smart Way to Shut Gitmo Down". The Washington Post. October 28, 2007 - Yes, Guantanamo Bay has incapacitated many al-Qaeda plotters and has given the U.S. government a better picture of the enemy. But those benefits came at a serious cost. On balance, the prison -- and the widespread perception that it exists simply to keep detainees forever beyond the reach of the law -- has become a drag on America's moral credibility and, more to the point, its global counterterrorism efforts, too.
For example, the continued controversy over Guantanamo Bay has hampered cooperation with our friends on such critical counterterrorism tasks as information sharing, joint military operations and law enforcement. I know: As a State Department official, I often spent valuable time and diplomatic capital fruitlessly defending our detention practices rather than fostering counterterrorism teamwork. Guantanamo Bay leaves us playing defense and hinders our ability to play effective offense.