OTTAWA—Canada had nothing to do with the U.S. decision to use the anachronistic Guantanamo Bay military camp in Cuba as a highly controversial—if not internationally illegal—detention centre for suspected terrorists. That people alleged to have been linked to terrorist groups were shipped from Afghanistan and other places to the Caribbean enclave and placed in cages, often for years with no legal representation, still registers as a black mark on the U.S.’s reputation as a world leader in freedom and respect for human rights. The use of Guantanamo Bay as a prison has not served America’s ill-named “war on terrorism” and has arguably made things worse.
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