ACLU Print Advertisement: 20th Anniversary of Guantánamo

Document Date: January 10, 2022

20 years have passed since the first detainees arrived at the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, which is the longest-standing war prison in U.S. history. Since 2002, 779 Muslim men and boys have been held at Guantánamo, nearly all of them without charge or trial. Today, 39 men remain indefinitely detained there, 27 of whom have never been charged with a crime. 14 detainees have been cleared for transfer or release, some for years. Many of these men are torture survivors, and some were formerly disappeared into CIA “black sites” before being sent to Guantánamo. All of them have been exposed to the physical and psychological trauma associated with prolonged indefinite detention.

To mark the anniversary, the American Civil Liberties Union is running a full-page advertisement in POLITICO, calling for President Biden to close Guantánamo by ending indefinite military detention and the unconstitutional military commissions.

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