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I'M Writing You From GuantáNamo - WATCH VIDEO (Vanessa Redgrave Reads a Letter By Fahd Ghazy)

Society & Culture  (tags: Gitmo, close guantanamo now, Vanessa Redgrave, Center for Constitutional Rights, Fahd Ghazy, detainees, attorneys for gitmo prisoners )

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I am at Guantánamo right now, and have told Fahd that my petition, displaying his photo, has gained over 50,000 signatures. He has been very touched and heartened by the tremendous outpouring of support you have shown him at this difficult time. PETITION!

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Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:10 am
** President Obama Must Keep His Promise & Close Guantánamo. No more Excuses. **

If you've not yet done so, PLEASE SIGN NOW !! Watch the VIDEO

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:13 am
Dear CREDO activist,

Thank you again for signing my petition to close Guantánamo, and for reading about my client Fahd Ghazy, who is there in his 13th year of detention without charge.

I am at Guantánamo right now, and have told Fahd that my petition, displaying his photo, has gained over 50,000 signatures. He has been very touched and heartened by the tremendous outpouring of support you have shown him at this difficult time.

Please click to see a video of the great actress Vanessa Redgrave reading a letter that Fahd wrote me from Guantánamo, and to sign up to receive occasional updates about CCR’s work and what you can continue to do to help me shut Guantánamo down. Help me build our network to fight injustice.

Thank you for standing with me on this issue,

Omar Farah

CREDO activist and attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights representing men at Guantánamo

PS: If you haven't already done so, please share my petition with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:25 am
I could fee the anguish in the video. Signed. Thank you, Angelika.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:52 am

I read the petition but can not watch the video, my speakers are not working and I am functioning with only one paw. That makes fixing things a little difficult. Signed and shared the petition, again. Your action has been submitted. Thanks Angelika.

Animae C (516)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:22 am
Your action has been submitted.
58,434 of 75,000 signatures

Jason R (67)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:34 am
All people deserve justice. S/N

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:39 am
Kit, again, please get better SOON! We admire you for sticking here and helping causes despite your diesability right now! thank you for that!!

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:44 am
Your action has been submitted.
& Thank you Angelika

Henriette M (154)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:19 pm
I signed petition, & watched sad video! Thanks Angie.

fly bird (26)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:30 pm
going to watch and sign Angelika after this.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:02 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:25 pm
So very sad. S+S-thx Angelika

fly bird (26)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:19 pm
Thank you. I watched and it is profoundly painful and grievous. There is much on the CCC website, with many petitions that need signing, on Gitmo and injustices elsewhere. I have signed a number of them, and there are more; including contact information and reports on prisoners.
It is appalling. Guantanamo must be closed down. Prisoners tortured and isolated for years on end, without rights and without a trial -
this is abysmal and disgraceful!

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:39 pm
The Center for Constituional Rights has been on this for years and there have been petitions put out by them posted here as well. It is a very recommendable website indeed. They also did their share helping to get Lynn Stewart out!

Laurie H (817)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:28 pm
This was very touching, very sad, to hear and see this video, Angie. Gladly Signed & Shared with hope. Thank you so much for this share~~~

Robert O (12)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:45 am
Have most definitely signed. Thanks Angelika.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:53 am
In my view terrorists have no rights.

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 2:10 am
If they're guilty of something they should be charged ...

Detention without trial doesn't become a democratic society.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 3:59 am
To hear that what this young man wants are flower & heart stickers is such a far, far cry from the image of ruthless terrorists that Bush & Co painted to justify setting up Guantanamo. He sounds like such a sweet soul, writing to his CCR lawyer, Omar Farah, and endlessly thanking him, & requesting flowers & hearts!

Despite her firm voice, Vanessa Redgrave appears to be trembling during the whole reading. Isn't that strange for such a veteran actor?

The enormity of this injustice is staggering; yet those with the power to end it, sleep well every night...

It is so painful, heartbreaking to know that 12 years of these lives have been stolen for no good reason at all.
Just the PR of the Bush administration, that no one since has dared put an end to, for fear of ...what? Being accused of being soft on terrorists?

"Ghazy v. Bush":

Synopsis: "FAHD GHAZY - Detained at Guantánamo since 2002, when he was a juvenile; Cleared for transfer since 2007":

Fahd Ghazy is a Yemeni-national who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since February 2002 when he was only 17 years old. He is one of the last remaining prisoners to have been detained as a juvenile. Fahd was cleared for transfer by President Bush in 2007, and again by the Obama administration in 2009. He is now 29 years old and has spent over one-third of his life in Guantánamo without charge.

[VIDEO of Vanessa Redgrave reading Fahd's letter to his CCR lawyer, ]

Fahd Ghazy withdrew his pending habeas petition, Ghazy v. Bush, in U.S. District Court in 2009. Cleared in 2007, he had every reason to believe that his transfer would be imminent. Years later he remains detained at Guantánamo.

Fahd was born on May 2, 1984 in a small village outside of the Yemen's capital. He was married in his early teens and had a daughter, Hafsa, shortly after his 17th birthday. Fahd was an ambitious student. He attended the Al-Najah primary and secondary school in the district near his home, and graduated first in his class. Those results won him a scholarship to attend university, news of which he received while already imprisoned in Guantánamo.

Despite his treatment and the length of his detention, Fahd continues to prepare himself for his release. He has mastered English while at Guantánamo and he reads voraciously – all in the hope that one day he will be able to secure a good job and provide for his family. Fahd is now 29 years old.

News (all active links on the CCR page) :
--> Huffington Post, Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis (October 28, 2013)

--> Global Journal, Guantánamo: The Endgame? (May 21, 2013)

--> The Guardian, How Guantánamo's horror forced inmates to hunger strike (May 4, 2013)

--> Huffington Post, Obama's Yemen Problem (March 30, 2009)

--> Letter of Jo Becker and Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch to Attorney General Eric Holder (March 25, 2009)

Timeline .../...

On the CCR site: CCR petition - President Obama: Release Yemeni Men, Close Guantánamo

CREDO MOBILIZE Campaign created by CCR lawyer, Omar Farah - "President Obama Must Keep His Promise & Close Guantánamo. No more Excuses." - 60,622 of 75,000 signatures

The remaining prisoners have been approved for release, which means that there are no charges which can conceivably be brought against them: otherwise, they would have been charged & they would have been convicted.

Signed both petitions & both posted on FB.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 6:38 am
Definitely signed.
It makes me sick that promisses cannot be held.


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:25 pm
Excellent observations by Lucy and a reason for me to post it, that petition was already posted multiple times before. I too noticed the emotional impact on Redgrave, hard to miss it! thx Lucy.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:42 pm
What you can do now
Call the White House and ask President Obama to send all the cleared Yemenis home without further delay. Call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online.

Judy T (227)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 8:03 am
This is so sad! Signed.
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