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Guantanamo, Gaza, and Boko Haram

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 11, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 32:20

(1:05) Guest: Eric Jensen, Law Professor at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School  As the United States begins to “normalize” relations with Cuba and President Obama winds down his final term in office, the detention center he promised to close at Guantanamo Bay remains open and very much a political hot potato. Cuban officials would like to take back the 45 square miles of their island that have been controlled by the U.S. since 1903.  Guantanamo is America’s oldest overseas military base, but it’s become better known as the detention center for “foreign terrorism suspect.” Treatment of those detainees has drawn international criticism and lawsuits from the prisoners themselves. In fact, this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two appeals involving detainees who claim they were tortured at Guantanamo.  “Al-Nashiri has been held by the U.S. government for 13 years. I’m not sure I can predict a time when this all will close,” says Jensen.  “Gaza is the most densely populated place in the world. It is at least in the minds of the Gazans, a true prison,” says Jensen.