Send Us Your Photos: 200 Days Left in the Countdown to Close Guantánamo
Dear friends and supporters,
On July 3, the day before Independence Day, President Obama will have just 200 days left to close Guantánamo, as he promised when he took office in 2009.
As part of the Countdown to Close Guantánamo we launched in January, we’re asking you to print off a poster
, take a photo with it, and send it to us to put up on the website and on social media - at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to send a message, and, if you wish, let us know where you are, so we can make sure the administration — and Congress — know that support for closing Guantánamo comes from across the United States and around the world.
Please also read Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s article promoting the 200 days poster
, and also providing a recap on where we’re at with just 200 days to go — the news, in recent weeks, that the Obama administration is backing away from considering an executive order to close Guantánamo if Congress won’t play ball, that lawmakers are proposing new and even more onerous restrictions on the ability of the president of the United States — the next one as well as Obama — to close Guantánamo, and the news that Attorney general Loretta Lynch is resisting calls by Obama and his advisors to allow some Guantánamo prisoners to agree to plea deals by videoconference, and to serve their sentences in other countries.
None of this news is good, sadly, but it confirms why we must keep exerting pressure on President Obama, and also on Congress. If you want to do more, please feel free to call the White House on 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online
You can also encourage your Senators and Representatives to support President Obama's efforts to close the prison. Find your Senators here
, and your Representatives here
The latest news from the Periodic Review Boards
We also recommend Andy’s previous article, Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner Mohammed Al-Qahtani Was Profoundly Mentally Ill Before His Capture
, the latest in a series following the Periodic Review Boards (and see our definitive PRB list here
). Two-thirds of the decisions taken — in 24 out of 36 cases — have ended up with recommendations for the prisoners’ release, vindicating those, like us, who always maintained that the Obama administration’s high-level, interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force was mistaken when it described the men as “too dangerous to release” or recommended them for prosecution.
Whether this is true or not of Mohammed al-Qahtani remains to be seen, as he appears to have been an intended hijacker for the 9/11 attacks, but what his PRB revealed is that he had a history of serious mental illness preceding his capture by U.S. forces and his horrible and well-chronicled torture, and he say he bears no ill-will towards the U.S. and has learned from his mistakes.
Pleas also note that, since we last wrote to you, another prisoner has been freed, leaving just 79 men in total remaining at Guantánamo — 29 approved for release, just ten facing trials, and the rest at the mercy of the PRBs. See Andy’s article about this latest release
, on his own website, and also see our definitive prisoner list for further information
about the last 79 men in this prison that should never have been opened in the first place, and that we are still committed to getting closed.
With thanks, as ever, for your support.
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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