GITMO ON OBAMA'S WATCH:
More than 10 years have passed since the first prisoner arrived in Guantánamo Bay, making it the longest-standing war prison in U.S. history. Almost 800 men have passed through Guantánamo’s cells. Today, 166 men remain. Fashioned as an “island outside the law” where terrorism suspects could be detained without process and interrogated without restraint, Guantánamo has been a catastrophic failure on every front. It is long past time for this shameful episode in American history to be brought to a close.
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More than a decade on, we are stuck in a multi-branch quagmire, where no arm of government is willing to act to end Guantánamo’s blight on our reputation and our security. All must change tack, and Guantánamo must close.
- The Supreme Court must define the scope of war-time detention, and ensure that the right to habeas corpus is a meaningful one that tests, and does not endorse, the government’s case.
- Congress must lift the unnecessary restrictions on transfer and release from Guantánamo, particularly for the 86 men whom our security services and military have unanimously determined should be released.
- And the president must show the courage of his previously-stated convictions and either prosecute the other 77 men in federal court, if there is untainted evidence against them, or set them free (the 3 remaining prisoners were convicted by deeply flawed military commissions).
From the Blog:
- Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis (04/11/2013)
- Demanding Answers for Three Deaths at Guantánamo (12/13/12)
- Guantánamo Dispatch: Arguing for the First Amendment (10/19/2012)
- At Guantánamo Today: ACLU Asks Judge Not to Censor Torture Testimony (10/15/2012)
- Government Releases List of Prisoners Approved for Transfer from Guantánamo (09/21/2012)
- INFOGRAPHIC: Guantánamo by the Numbers (1/9/2012)
- Injustice at Guantánamo: Past and Present (1/8/2012)