• For Mom’s Sake: Close Guantanamo

    May 12, 2013

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    Posted in: Democracy

    Colonel Morris Davis was the Chief Prosecutor for the terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years. He resigned rather than be forced to use information obtained by torture in his prosecutions.

    More than 160 men who have never been charged with any offense, much less convicted of a war crime, remain at Guantanamo with no end in sight. There is something fundamentally wrong with a system where not being charged with a war crime keeps you locked away indefinitely and a war crime conviction is your ticket home. Over 100 of the 166 men who remain in Guantanamo are engaged in a hunger strike in protest of their indefinite detention. Twenty-one of them are being force-fed and five are hospitalized.

    Some of the men have been in prison for more than eleven years without charge or trial. The United States has cleared a majority of the detainees for transfer out of Guantanamo, yet they remain in custody year after year because of their citizenship and ongoing political gamesmanship in the U.S.

    This year, for Mom’s sake (you know she’ll be proud of you!), help Davis tell the President it is time to end Guantanamo. What you need to do is simple: add your name to Davis’ petition right now.



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  • Recent Comments

    • pitchfork said...

      1

      If I could afford it, I would rent space on a giant billboard in every city in the US, with these words.

      THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
      IS A SHAMELESS WAR CRIMINAL
      CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW

      05/12/13 6:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

      2

      One of my favorite dialogue scenes from the 2002 remake of The Count of Monte Cristo:

      Edmond Dantes: “But I am innocent.”

      Warden of Chateau D’If prison: “Of course you are innocent. Why else would you be here? If you were truly guilty, there are a hundred prisons in France where they would lock you away. Chateau D’If is where they put the ones they’re ashamed of.”

      For my part, a few thoughts on the subject in verse:

      Chateau D’If Guantanamo (lines 1709-1750)

      05/12/13 11:52 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      3

      PVB: I’m offended by being asked to be a part of a petition to make someone make good on promises they made while asking for my support. It is a petulant prick who obtains their desired position of authority( with my help) and then says to me, “Make me do it!”

      05/13/13 12:35 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      4

      They will be set free through the powers of Obama’s magical dark skin.

      05/13/13 1:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

      5

      I’m having trouble connecting to your site, Peter, and have to try a few times before I am connected. I get an database error connection.

      At some point, Guantanomo is going to be closed. The issue is demanding a trial because people could be moved further afield, and that may likely happen. If not to their own country then to some other Midnight Express kind of prison

      A couple of relatives worked at the WTC on 9/11 and survived. Friends of my Dad did not. I’m not a tree hugging kinda person, as much as I like trees, but trial by jury and sharing evidence is absolutely essential for Constitutional reasons. Also to counter or address conspiracy theories, like there are not enough going around as is.

      If there is a case, and that seems likely for a certain number of detainees but we dont know everyone’s story, then the government must bring it forward

      05/13/13 4:16 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      6

      The Zanti Misfits -an early Outer Limits episode- had a distant race sending its dangerous criminals to earth. The Zanti were too pure and sensitive to exterminate their own but it knew we killed our own and others easily. GITMO’s incarcerated are out of sight of sensitive and pure Americans.

      05/14/13 12:13 AM | Comment Link

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