Please read op-eds by Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington, the co-founders of "Close Guantánamo"
Dear friends and supporters,
Despite our best efforts in the spring and summer to keep the plight of the Guantánamo prisoners in the public eye — a mission that was only possible because the prisoners themselves embarked on a prison-wide hunger strike to remind the world of their existence — just two prisoners have been freed by President Obama, even though 84 others were cleared for release in January 2010, by an inter-agency task force established by the president when he first took office in 2009.
To keep the focus on Guantánamo and the 164 men still held there, both Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington, the co-founders of the "Close Guantánamo" campaign, have had op-eds published recently.
Tom's, entitled, "Guantánamo: The President Could Close It Tomorrow If He Really Wants to," was published on the Huffington Post, and we made it available
on the "Close Guantánamo" website this week.
In it, Tom explains, "Guantánamo continues to burden U.S. foreign policy, undermining our credibility and providing an excuse for every foreign dictator who abuses human rights." He also points out that President Obama stated in May that Guantánamo "needs to be closed," and tells the president that he "must have the courage to follow-up his words with action. Further delay is not tolerable."
Andy's op-ed, "It’s time to end the injustice of Guantánamo and Bagram
," was published on Al-Jazeera English, the day after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and in it Andy ran through the story of America’s dreadful innovations in the wake of the attacks — with particular reference to Guantánamo, and to Bagram in Afghanistan, where 67 non-Afghan prisoners are still held, despite the handover of the majority of the prisoners to the Afghan authorities.
Andy also points out how, by discarding the Geneva Conventions after 9/11, the Bush administration embraced indefinite detention without charge or trial, and also opened the floodgates to the use of torture. The latter was eventually curtailed (as official policy, at least), but the indefinite detention continues under President Obama, both at Guantánamo and Bagram, which is unacceptable policy under any circumstances.
We hope you have time to read these articles, and to share them if you find them useful.
With thanks, as ever, for your support,
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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