Plans for Guantánamo releases and plea deals
Dear friends and supporters,
In the few weeks since we last wrote to you, we have put up dozens of your photos
to mark the latest stage in the Countdown to Close Guantánamo – telling President Obama, on May 14, that he had just 250 days left to close Guantánamo as he promised when he first took office in January 2009.
Tomorrow, there will be 235 days left, and we encourage you, if you have not already done so, to visit the Gitmo Clock
, which we set up a month ago to count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the end of Obama’s presidency, and to like, share and retweet it, as we think it provides a succinct summary of the current situation.
Please also print off a poster marking 200 days left
, take a photo with it and send it to us (email@example.com
) for July 3.
Since our last newsletter, our co-founder Andy Worthington has written two new articles. In the first, “Plea Deals in Federal Court Mooted for Guantánamo Prisoners in Next Year's National Defense Authorization Act
,” Andy examines the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of next year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which features proposals to allow some prisoners to make federal court plea deals and be imprisoned abroad, and to allow prisoners who are seriously ill to be brought to the U.S. mainland for medical treatment, although the general ban on bringing prisoners to the U.S. remains, making it difficult, if not impossible for the president to fulfill his promise.
In the second article, “Obama Officials Confirm That Nearly 24 Guantánamo Prisoners Will Be Freed By the End of July
,” Andy follows up on a Guardian
article this week in which Obama officials confirmed that 22 or 23 of the 28 prisoners who are currently approved for release will be freed by the end of July, leaving just 57 or 58 men held.
Andy also looks at the cases of the remaining prisoners, just ten of whom are facing trials. The rest are facing Periodic Review Boards, and as Andy notes, although it is difficult to speculate about how many of these men will be approved for release, the signs so far are good – with 22 men recommended for release, and just seven having their ongoing imprisonment approved.
Please see our definitive Periodic Review Board list here
, and please also keep up with Andy’s latest articles about the PRBs on his website here
With thanks, as ever, for your support.
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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