On Election Eve, a Reminder of the Ongoing Injustice of Guantánamo
Dear friends and supporters,
On the eve of the Presidential election, we want to make sure that the plight of the remaining prisoners at Guantánamo has not been forgotten by US voters, even though the 86 cleared prisoners who are still held (out of 166 prisoners in total) have been ignored during the election campaign.
In "When Justice Fails: U.S. Tells U.K. Shaker Aamer "Could Be Set Free" from Guantánamo, But Not That He Will Be
," our election eve reminder of the continuing injustices at Guantánamo, Andy Worthington responds to the news, reported in The Hill, that the British government has been told that Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, "could be set free" after the election.
We have covered Shaker Aamer's story
repeatedly here at "Close Guantánamo," where we are also promoting two petitions seeking his release -- a British petition
, and an international one
-- and we were dismayed by this report, because any discussion of Shaker Aamer's release should -- and must -- involve a date being set for his release, and not mealy-mouthed claims that he "could be" released.
Like the 85 other cleared prisoners, Shaker Aamer's ongoing imprisonment is unacceptable under any circumstances, and we wish to make it absolutely clear, on the eve of the Presidential election, that we expect Shaker Aamer to be released as soon as possible after the election, and that we also continue to demand the release of the other 85 prisoners cleared for release three years ago
by President Obama's Guantánamo Review Task Force. Many of these men were first cleared for release
under President Bush, some as long ago as 2004.
Our thanks, as ever, for your support, and please, if you know anyone who cares about Guantánamo's ongoing injustice, and who has not already joined our campaign, then please ask them to join us
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