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Guantánamo falls silent

Dear friends and supporters,

Sometimes no news is good news, but when it comes to Guantánamo, it's fair to say that silence means that progress has ground to a halt. In his latest article, "On Guantánamo, No News is Bad News," Andy Worthington, the co-founder of the "Close Guantánamo" campaign (with attorney Tom Wilner), looks at the reasons for this silence, and calls on the Obama administration to do more to release the 79 men -- out of the remaining 149 prisoners -- who have had their release approved by a presidential task force (in 2009) and by Periodic Review Boards in the last year.

Since President Obama promised to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo last May, after a period of nearly three years in which releases had almost ground to halt because of Congressional opposition, the administration has released 17 men, but urgent action is needed to ensure that the 79 other men who have had their release from Guantánamo approved are also released.

We worry that, in the mid-term elections, in a little over a month, it will become more difficult to release prisoners if President Obama loses his majority in the Senate, and we believe that, as a result, the president should do all he can to secure the release of as many prisoners as possible in the coming weeks.

What you can do NOW

If you are concerned that continued inaction is both unjust and unwise, please feel free to contact the White House and the Pentagon to ask for renewed action to release prisoners whom the U.S. has repeatedly said it no longer wants to hold.

Call the White House and ask President Obama to release all the prisoners who have had their release approved by the Guantánamo Review Task Force or by Periodic Review Boards. Call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online

Call the Department of Defense and ask Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to issue certifications, as required by Congress, for other cleared prisoners: 703-571-3343.

With thanks, as ever, for your support.

The "Close Guantánamo" team

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