The GTMO Clock and the toothless Guantanamo prisoner reviews
Dear friends and supporters,
Last week, we launched
a new website, GTMO Clock
. This is a page that shows how many days, hours and minutes it is since President Obama promised to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo, and how many men have been freed.
That promise was delivered by the president in a major speech on national security on May 23, which we discussed here
. However, despite his fine words, at present the number of men released is zero, even though 86 of the remaining 166 prisoners were cleared for release over three and a half years ago, in January 2010, by the inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force, which President Obama established shortly after taking office in January 2009.
The GTMO Clock site also provides instructions on how to contact President Obama and the Department of Defense to call for action on Guantánamo, and how to write to the prisoners, and, If you find the page informative, please share it, "like" it on Facebook, and Tweet it.
We also hope that you have time to read Andy Worthington's latest article, "The Ongoing Injustice of Guantánamo: Newly Announced Review Boards Will Be Toothless Unless Cleared Prisoners Are Freed
." This is a response to the recent news that 71 prisoners, who were not
cleared for release by the Guantánamo Review Task Force, are to have their cases reviewed.
This is a long overdue process, as we explained in February, in "The Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo
," and the article provides a more detailed explanation of how all these men have been deprived of justice for far too long. However, the most crucial point, as we also note, is that the reviews will mean nothing if men are cleared for release only to be held indefinitely like the 86 others.
We hope you agree, and that you will do what you can to keep the focus on Guantánamo throughout the rest of August. We are now taking a short break, but will be back at the start of September.
With thanks, as ever, for your support,
The "Close Guantánamo" team
P.S. Please, if you will, ask your friends and family to join us
-- just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email.