Close Guantánamo now!
Dear friends and supporters,
Please visit, like, share and tweet the Gitmo Clock
, which we launched last August to count how many days it is since President Obama's promise to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo, and how many men have been released -- and see Andy Worthington's article from last week, entitled, "Gitmo Clock Marks 300 Days Since Obama's Promise to Resume Releasing Guantánamo Prisoners; Just 12 Men Freed
It's now 306 days since President Obama promised to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo, after a period of two years and eight months in which just five prisoners were released.
He was provoked into action by the widespread indignation that greeted a prison-wide hunger strike that began last February, and since his promise, delivered in a major speech on national security issues
on May 23, 12 men have been released.
This is an improvement, but it is also only a start. Of the remaining 154 prisoners, 75 were told over four years ago, in January 2010, that the US no longer wished to hold them, and they had been approved for release
by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force that the president appointed shortly after taking office.
A 76th man recently had his release recommended
by a Periodic Review Board, a process established to ascertain whether 71 the prisoners, recommended by the task force for ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial or for prosecution, should continue to be held.
And yet, these 76 men are still held, and although two envoys President Obama appointed to help with the closure of Guantánamo after his speech last May -- Cliff Sloan in the State Department and Paul Lewis in the Pentagon -- are working to release 20 of them, 56 are Yemenis, and their release requires leadership from the very top, and a desire, on the part of President Obama and his administration, to act decisively and free them.
In spite of U.S. fears regarding the security situation in Yemen, anyone with an interest in justice and fairness realizes that continuing to hold men who were cleared for release over four years ago by a presidential task force is not an acceptable alternative.
So please visit and publicize the Gitmo Clock
, and feel free to contact the White Hosue to ask President Obama to take further action immediately. You can call Call on 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online
In addition, if you want to read about how a second prisoner had his ongoing imprisonment without charge of trial approved by a Periodic review Board, see Andy's article here
With thanks, as ever, for your support
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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