We finished a full aff and neg file, plus got a huge jump start on our future aff supplement. Only the very best of the over 200 page aff file made it into our aff file. The same is true for our abridge neg file.
here's our first draft of a 1ac. All the cards were cut, processed and blocked by the kids!
thanks for everyone in the lab for working so hard and putting up with lab leader antics
Contention One: Inherency
The Bush administration refuses to prosecute or release hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
The Gulf Times 6-27-05
Contention Two: Harms
Advantage 1 : Have you seen my rubber dinghy?
Accusations of torture at Guantanamo have been confirmed.
Klapper, Associated Press, 06/23/05
[Bradley. “UN Experts Cite Guantanamo Torture Reports” http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/gitmo23.html. 06/30/05]
U.S. detentions at Guantanamo are the crushing any credibility on human rights, while setting a global precedent for abuse. Following a transparent legal process would restore the American model of justice.
Tesfaye, EDP North America & Australia Regional Council Representative, 6-20-05
[Seyoum. “Guantanamo Abuse Emboldens Tyrants. Atlanta Journal and Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0605/20edseyoume.html]
Human rights protections in war solve extinction of all species from nuclear conflict.
Singh-Gender Paraphrased, former Vice-President of the ICJ 1976-1979, 1981
(Nagendra. Human Rights and The Future of Mankind. Pg.85)
Advantage 2 : Won’t you be my BFFL?
Guantanamo has demolished U.S. credibility as a moral leader among both allies and enemies.
Leahy, Senator, 6-15-05
[Patrick. Statement before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. http://judiciary.senate.gov/member_statement.cfm?id=1542&wit_id=2629]
No other issue has done more damage to U.S. leadership and international security cooperation than Guantanamo.
Amnesty International 4-9-04
[“Undermining security: violations of human dignity, the rule of law and the National Security Strategy in "war on terror" detentions” http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510612004]
International cooperation is critical to U.S. leadership and solving global problems.
Jentleson, Director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science, Duke University, Winter 2004
(Washington Quarterly http://www.twq.com/04winter/docs/04winter_jentleson.pdf)
Collapse of U.S. leadership causes global nuclear war.
(Washington Quarterly. Spring. Pg.lexis)
Advantage 3 : If you try swallowing like that you could damn near choke yourself.
Muslim communities worldwide have been alienated and galvanized by Guantanamo detentions and torture.
New York Times 5-21-05 [pg.lexis]
Guantanamo is the driving force of anti-Americanism and principle recruiting tool for terrorism.
Friedman, NYT foreign affairs columnist, 5-27-05
[Thomas L. “Just Shut it Down” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8960.htm]
The Middle East is sitting on a demographic time bomb that will release a global supply chain of suicide bombers. The U.S. must close its credibility gap to successfully promote democracy and will stabilize the region politically and economically.
Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, 05
[Larry. “Between Democracy and Stability” http://www.hooverdigest.org/051/diamond.html]
Terrorists will create global security nightmares with WMDs.
Alexander, director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, 01
(Yonah. The Jerusalem Post. July 5. pg.lexis)
Thus the Plan:
The United States Congress should order that all detainees at Guantanamo Bay be criminally charged or released. We’ll clarify.
Contention Three: Solvency e.g. STFU
Charging or releasing detainees will restore U.S. human rights credibility.
Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, 6-24-05
(Irene. “US Must shut down Guantanamo Bay” http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=16183]e)
Following the legal process at Guantanamo would a powerfully symbolic action against rights abuses around the globe.
Posner, executive director of Human Rights First, 6-8-05
(Michael. “Close Camp Delta” http://www.alternet.org/story/22185/)
Restoring due process for Guantanamo detainees will restore U.S. credibility and allow more effective interrogation techniques to flourish.
Gude, International Rights and Responsibility Program Associate Director at the Center for American Progress, 6-16-05 [Ken. “Git Out” http://www.alternet.org/rights/22244/]
Congress has explicit Constitutional authority to establish due process rights for Guantanamo detainees.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6-15-05 [pg.lexis]