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For more than a decade, the US government has imprisoned men at Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial. Indefinite detention without trial is not just un-American; it violates basic human rights. WE CAN CHANGE THIS.

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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:05 pm
We can change this - your actions can make a difference. Contact the US government and demand that they charge and try or repatriate all Guantanamo detainees.

Click here to take action if you live in the United States>> Sign-US

Click here to take action if you live outside the United States>> Sign-International

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:25 pm
Thank you! (S, N, P, T)

Erin R (181)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:45 pm
n & s

JL A (281)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:47 pm
s& n

Animae C (514)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:51 am
signed both

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:25 am
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Angie. You are right, we can change this by not being silent. We have to keep up the pressure and not back down no matter what.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:59 am
done Angel:))kisses for You:))

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:12 pm
Gitmo News: April 10, 2013

Published on Apr 10, 2013

News Summary

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, attorney for several Guantanamo detainees spoke with Russia Today about the current state of the hunger strike in Guantanamo. "I'm a military officer. I've been an attorney for 15 years. I've been in the military for 29 years; I've been a prosecutor in Baghdad and a war crime investigator in Bosnia. And I've got to tell you, I've never seen anything like it.

*****read on at site **** I encourage you all to EXPLORE that site, check top menu for news and Multimedia!

Mike S (86)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:50 pm
Done. Thanks Angie.

Elizabeth O (93)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:52 pm

Joe R (190)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:24 pm
It's about time something is done. Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:03 pm
Def S+S,thx Angelika.

Henriette M (154)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:31 pm
Signed, Thanks Angie.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:55 pm
Thank You
Thank you for taking action!
A National Disgrace to the USA for allowing this to continue. Almost half are cleared for immediate release and yet it continues on.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:07 am
ADDITIONAL ACTION. April 11 National call-in day: President Obama close Guantanamo!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:31 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed and noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:27 am

Christeen A (370)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:48 am

Terry V (30)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:29 am

Scott Johnson (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:30 am
Sad to say that in our society we allow this condition to continue. The prison at GITMO should enrage every patriotic American. Human rights are denied every day by our President, Congress and military. I understand that there are no easy solutions for the situation that was created under a President that resembled a Dictator more than he resembled the leader of a "free" nation that lives by rule of laws. The current President continues on this track because he too likes Dictatorial powers. It is time to remind our Presidents that we do not want to support their illegal actions. All presidents must be held accountable.

Caroline S (78)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:46 am

Gloria H (88)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:03 pm
signed. Everyone has a right to a fair trial, no matter how you feel about 9/11. We are acting like a third world country or dictatorship if we don't. This is NOT the America I pledged alligence to!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:48 pm

. (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:03 pm
Thanks Angelika..What a world

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:16 pm
Thank you.
Notice that there are TWO Actions to take here.
One is from Gitmo Justice;
the other is
National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

[One posted by Angelika on April 9th, at the very beginning of this thread;
and one posted by Angelika on April 11th,
ADDITIONAL ACTION. April 11 National call-in day: President Obama close Guantanamo!]
[The Call-in site ALSO includes an e-mail, and other Actions.]

I just wanted to make sure that everyone saw BOTH!
Thank you again, Angelika, and all who signed and told their friends!

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:19 pm
All messages sent. Noted. Thanks, Angelika.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:34 pm
Physicians for Human Rights Petition:

Tell President Obama: Free Gitmo Detainees Cleared for Release

Detainees in Guantánamo have endured torture and other forms of cruel treatment that have lasting physical and psychological effects to this day. Dozens of detainees at Guantánamo Bay are on a hunger strike to protest their continued detention in the facility. Many detainees have been cleared for release. There is no reason why a person cleared for release should continue to be held, especially in a facility known for its cruel treatment of detainees.

President Obama has the ability, without further action from Congress, to immediately improve the situation of many detainees. Please take action now to call on the President to immediately and safely free those detainees who have been cleared for release, review the status of other detainees, and address hunger strikers in conformance with medically ethical practices. - PHR Team

Jeremy S (3)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:38 pm
Messages sent. We need to at least have public trials for these people, who are real, living human beings!

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:02 pm
Thank you for urging the President to immediately and safely free those detainees who have been cleared for release, review the status of other detainees, and address hunger strikers in conformance with medically ethical practices.

Signed petition that Jelica left.

Terrie W (798)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:23 pm
Signed, noted and shared

Robert O (12)
Friday April 12, 2013, 2:50 am
Thank You

Thank you for taking action!

Thanks Angelika.

Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:35 am
Guantanamo pretrial hearing delayed as legal files vanish
Guantanamo pretrial hearing delayed as legal files vanish via @NBCNewsUS

Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:39 am
Hunger striker: ‘I don’t want to die in Guantanamo’

Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:40 am
As Gitmo Prisoners Revolt, Obama Admin Challenged on Indefinite Detention at OAS Hearing

Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:43 am
Justice and Fair treatment of Palestinian prisoners especially those on hunger strike

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:45 am
Thank you for taking action!

Thank you Angelika.

Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:52 am

Rare Videos of Guantanamo Bay Camp 5 and 6 Released

U.S. Now Naming Force-Fed Guantanamo Prisoners

During Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Detainee Attempted Suicide, Lawyer Says

During Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Detainee Attempted Suicide, Lawyer Says (UPDATE)

Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Being Force-Fed

Watch: 11 years at #Gitmo without charge or trial via @CBSNews #CloseGitmo

11 years in Guantanamo without trial or charges
By CBS Evening News @CBSEveningNews

U.K. resident Shaker Aamer is one of 56 detainees cleared for release, but appears to be going nowhere

CBS News @CBSNews · Unfollow

ACLU National ?@ACLU 1 Apr
Watch: 11 years at #Gitmo without charge or trial via @CBSNews #CloseGitmo

Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis
Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis -- via @aclu

Coalition Letter Expressing Concern Over Hunger Strike, Calling on President Obama to Close Guantánamo

Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis


Roxie H (350)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:53 am
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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday April 12, 2013, 5:49 am

l L (1)
Friday April 12, 2013, 8:39 am
Of course we have never seen anything like this before.. Look who did this and caused this and it continues.. I believe.. because it is riddled with ..intentional errors that they don't want to fix cause of exposure.
They should release these people and not into the U.S in another prison for crimes not committed.
None of us would want to be in their shoes. Not Bush or Cheney or their family and friends. If it was them.. the world would turn upside down.. This is morally, legally and ethically wrong..
The powers that be should do better. Walk the walk not just talk like they are moral.. be moral. Do as we've asked , for these people... cause it is the right thing to do.

l L (1)
Friday April 12, 2013, 8:41 am
I have signed.. signed.. signed.. and signed.. on to the next thing.

Mary T (178)
Friday April 12, 2013, 2:42 pm
Thanks Angelika, Signed for sure.

Birgit W (160)
Friday April 12, 2013, 3:30 pm

Steve S (70)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:41 pm
nice thread ty

Ludger W (71)
Friday April 12, 2013, 11:46 pm

Kathryn Niell (112)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 1:17 pm
When will this miscarriage of justice end? Please speak out against Gitmo, and keep speaking out until it is closed and the detainees tried or repatriated!

Jelica R (144)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 7:51 pm
Roxie posted links to many articles covering Guantanamo detainees, and also for this petition:

Justice and Fair treatment of Palestinian prisoners especially those on hunger strike.

Although some of the Palestinian detainees, named in the petition, have stopped their hunger strike and were released a month ago; Samer Issawi has not stopped, he has 252 (two hundred and fifty two) days of hunger strike.

Mondoweiss posted Samer Issawi’s ‘hunger speech’ to Israelis on April 9, 2013.

Here is a description of force-feeding:

Torturing hunger strikers at Guantánamo

"Detainees were verbally abused and insulted and were restrained from head to toe. They had shackles or other restraints on their arms, legs, waist, chest, knees and head...With these restraints in place, they were given intravenous medication (often quite painfully, as inexperienced medical professionals seemed incapable of locating appropriate veins). Their arms were swollen from multiple attempts to stick them with IV needles...If detainees moved, they were hit in the chest/heart...

In front of Guantánamo physicians--including the head of the detainee hospital--the guards took [nasogastric] tubes from one detainee, and with no sanitization whatsoever, reinserted it into the nose of a different detainee. When these tubes were reinserted, the detainees could see the blood and stomach bile from other detainees remaining on the tubes.

Even more appalling are reports that the military is now denying hunger strikers access to drinking water. "

S M (0)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 4:01 am
The bitterness of the likes of Cheney and manipulation of G W Bush's religious fervour must end.

For ISAF to be out of Afghanistan and Guantanamo still be active is total betrayal to any principles that rule our existence on this earth. Iraq is still in turmoil activated by incompetence of Western policies post invasion.

Release the prisoners to anywhere that they want to go. Keeping them in there has done nothing for the good because the world is now more affected with Islamism than it ever was ... and they were out of the game ...if they were ever in it!

John B (185)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 6:58 am
Thanks Dandelion for the heads up and to you Angelika for posting the link! Action taken and post noted.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 11:16 am

James E (16)
Monday April 15, 2013, 5:31 am
Way past time to close Gitmo, it should have never opened.

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday April 15, 2013, 11:43 am
There must be something involved in this issue, about which we are not informed.

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday April 15, 2013, 12:50 pm
My question is, what is going on there, that we don't know about ~ or do we really want to know?

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 15, 2013, 4:17 pm
Gitmo Is Killing Me

By Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, The New York Times

15 April 13

One man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago.

I've been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.

I've been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.

I could have been home years ago - no one seriously thinks I am a threat - but still I am here. Years ago the military said I was a "guard" for Osama bin Laden, but this was nonsense, like something out of the American movies I used to watch. They don't even seem to believe it anymore. But they don't seem to care how long I sit here, either.

When I was at home in Yemen, in 2000, a childhood friend told me that in Afghanistan I could do better than the $50 a month I earned in a factory, and support my family. I'd never really traveled, and knew nothing about Afghanistan, but I gave it a try.

I was wrong to trust him. There was no work. I wanted to leave, but had no money to fly home. After the American invasion in 2001, I fled to Pakistan like everyone else. The Pakistanis arrested me when I asked to see someone from the Yemeni Embassy. I was then sent to Kandahar, and put on the first plane to Gitmo.

Last month, on March 15, I was sick in the prison hospital and refused to be fed. A team from the E.R.F. (Extreme Reaction Force), a squad of eight military police officers in riot gear, burst in. They tied my hands and feet to the bed. They forcibly inserted an IV into my hand. I spent 26 hours in this state, tied to the bed. During this time I was not permitted to go to the toilet. They inserted a catheter, which was painful, degrading and unnecessary. I was not even permitted to pray.

I will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose. I can't describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way. As it was thrust in, it made me feel like throwing up. I wanted to vomit, but I couldn't. There was agony in my chest, throat and stomach. I had never experienced such pain before. I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.

I am still being force-fed. Two times a day they tie me to a chair in my cell. My arms, legs and head are strapped down. I never know when they will come. Sometimes they come during the night, as late as 11 p.m., when I'm sleeping.

There are so many of us on hunger strike now that there aren't enough qualified medical staff members to carry out the force-feedings; nothing is happening at regular intervals. They are feeding people around the clock just to keep up.

During one force-feeding the nurse pushed the tube about 18 inches into my stomach, hurting me more than usual, because she was doing things so hastily. I called the interpreter to ask the doctor if the procedure was being done correctly or not.

It was so painful that I begged them to stop feeding me. The nurse refused to stop feeding me. As they were finishing, some of the "food" spilled on my clothes. I asked them to change my clothes, but the guard refused to allow me to hold on to this last shred of my dignity.

When they come to force me into the chair, if I refuse to be tied up, they call the E.R.F. team. So I have a choice. Either I can exercise my right to protest my detention, and be beaten up, or I can submit to painful force-feeding.

The only reason I am still here is that President Obama refuses to send any detainees back to Yemen. This makes no sense. I am a human being, not a passport, and I deserve to be treated like one.

I do not want to die here, but until President Obama and Yemen's president do something, that is what I risk every day.

Where is my government? I will submit to any "security measures" they want in order to go home, even though they are totally unnecessary.

I will agree to whatever it takes in order to be free. I am now 35. All I want is to see my family again and to start a family of my own.

The situation is desperate now. All of the detainees here are suffering deeply. At least 40 people here are on a hunger strike. People are fainting with exhaustion every day. I have vomited blood.

And there is no end in sight to our imprisonment. Denying ourselves food and risking death every day is the choice we have made.

I just hope that because of the pain we are suffering, the eyes of the world will once again look to Guantánamo before it is too late.

Russ S (52)
Monday April 15, 2013, 6:57 pm
There is much more news about Gitmo, on the blogs, a lot more, Mom wasn't sure if you wanted it flooded on here or not. The news is pretty dire. And most of the media has been shut out. Now with the explosions on the east coast, this is going to be really bad for the people on the hunger strike. They need to be allowed either their day in court or just released. It has gone too far.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 3:32 am
Thanks Russell, yes I know there's a lot more and I appreciate your input as well as all the contributions from Roxy. But it's true, this thread is basically only for the actions to take and people can check out the blogs if they wish.
Boston is a catastrophe, indeed, and we cannot rule out that now there will be an even tougher treatment of all detainees. :-(((

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 8:24 pm
Unbelievable..disgusting, UNACEPTABLE
so much for a democratic president..

l L (1)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:52 am

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 8:14 pm
I don't think that White House is content with the situation which damages the reputation of the United States and makes a significant argument in the recruitment of terrorists. President Obama has signed an executive order to close Guantanamo within a year and to establish a task force to review the files of all detainees, and end this legal limbo. Then Congress hijacked the case and now it is in standstill, prolonging nightmare for detainees. This year, an office established to solve the problem and close Guantanamo was closed due to budget cuts. (Annual cost to operate Guantánamo is $150 million.)

Of 166 detainees currently held in Guantanamo, 86 were cleared to be released three years ago, for 46 men U.S. said there's no evidence to prosecute but are "too dangerous to be released". Only 36 men are designated for trial or commission.

The youngest detainee held at Guantanamo -- 13 years; the oldest -- 98 years.
Number of children the U.S. has imprisoned at Guantanamo -- 21.
Yearly cost to hold each captive at Guantanamo: $800,000.
Bounties paid by Bush Administration to anyone who would hand over a possible terror suspect: $3,000 to $25,000.


- ACLU: Guantánamo by the Numbers [Infographic]; December 27, 2012.

- Human Rights First: Guantánamo by the Numbers; April 9, 2013.

Take action:

AI US: 10 Years Too Long: End Indefinite Detention & Close Guantanamo

ACLU: Ask President Obama to Keep His Promise to Close Gitmo -- US citizens

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:44 am
Again, thanks Jelica for posting more info here- too bad most people are just too lazy and/or indifferent to explore that website and do anything more than signing one or more petitions. But then I also do understand that they have so many other issues on their own in the US right now, so anything not directly effecting them is far off...

I have already earlier taken these actions you listed above, thanks!

Jelica R (144)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:54 pm
I suppose that thinking is easy when one turns on auto-pilot and never re-examines the validity of what s/he holds to be true. Also, I imagine that to live without confronting what one believes with facts must be very confusing and complicated. Thus, it is easy to say "Some people do not deserve our criminal justice system and the terrorists and supporters are of that group.", but what if it was you? Will you demand justice; prosecution, trial and verdict by your peers?

It is easy to blame somebody; hard part is to prove guilt or innocence. If I was accused, I'd rather pick a hard way of legal justice. I also must very deliberately abstain from throwing whimsical accusations.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:02 pm
Another war victim - Tomas Young, 33 years. Background:

In February, prominent Iraq War vet/anti-war activist and subject of Phil Donahue's documentary, Body of War, Tomas Young, announced he is ending his nine year losing battle against unbearable, intractable chronic pain due to injuries he sustained just five days after his deployment to Iraq that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Now dependent on a feeding tube, Thomas announced that after celebrating his one year anniversary with his wife, he will begin to wean his body off the liquid nourishment and medications sustaining him and slowly "go away."

Here is a link to a recent 3/21 interview with Tomas on Democracy Now:

Here is a link to a republication of the letter Tomas wrote to Former President George W. Bush and Former Vice President Dick Cheney on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War:

PLEDGE: Tomas Young - Iraq War Vet/Anti-War Activist: Our Pledge to You:

Dear Tomas,

As citizens of the United States and in honor of your memory, we pledge to work steadfastly to make sure we have a healthcare system that does not allow people in pain to suffer as you have been forced to suffer, and to make certain we elect public servants who do not squander American lives as the Bush administration and the congress serving at that time squandered yours.

We see you. We hear you. We will not remain passive. We will not be silent.

Farewell, Tomas, and thank you.

The Undersigned

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:24 pm
That pledge was new to me, signed with Thanks Jelica! There were more posts on the news about Thomas Young, perhaps we should place that link on those threads.. If I remember correctly, Judy had one. Cannot recall the tite, though,.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:41 pm
Good idea, Angie, I've copied that comment on more than 10 threads.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 9:56 am
The reality of these inhumane, torturous situations is grotesque. Obama set out to act and cannot. I only hope he has not given up. Thanx Angelika and Jelica

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 1:06 pm
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