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TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama: 10 Years Is Too Long: End Indefinite Detention & Close Guantanamo


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: crime, abuse, ethics )

Beverly
- 544 days ago - takeaction.amnestyusa.org
Tell President Obama 10 years is too long! Detainees need to be charged and tried in US federal court or released--and the national disgrace that is Guantánamo closed for good.



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Beverly M. (85)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:09 pm
On January 11, 2002 the first “war on terror” detainees arrived at the US naval base at Guantánamo. Since then, we’ve seen shocking human rights abuses there and around the world, including arbitrary and secret detention, torture, renditions, and unfair trials.

Ten years on, more than 150 men remain at Guantánamo, most held in indefinite detention without charge or trial. Those charged face unfair trial by military commission. Making matters worse, President Obama just signed the controversial NDAA into law that entrenches the use of indefinite detention worldwide.

The detentions at Guantánamo, and the wider policies and practices of which they have been and remain a part, continue to inflict serious damage on global respect for human rights.
 

Dave C. (216)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:11 pm
signed, thanks.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (446)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:12 pm
Ten years is too long, it looks like 2 administrations will not produce any better results.
 

Beverly M. (85)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:39 pm
I hate to agree with you Allan but that is a huge possibility. The president must show the courage of his previously-stated convictions and either prosecute the remaining detainees in federal court or set them free. Guantanamo is one of the biggest shames of our nation and of Bush's presidency, and it could be of Obama's too.
 

Judy C. (108)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
Guantanamo is a huge indicator of our deteriorating human rights policies and justice system. It need to be closed. Signed. Thanks Beverly.
 

Joe R. (191)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:05 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed and noted.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:09 pm
CLOSE IT NOW SIGNED BEV
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:22 pm
Ten years is like unto forever.
 

Freya H. (304)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:35 pm
Noted and signed!
 

Erin R. (171)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:25 pm
n & s
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:10 pm
Done Bev Cheers
 

Muawia K. (3)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:39 am
President Obama has promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay must consider this issue
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:44 am
So signed!!!! Thanks Beverly
 

Ben Oscarsito (317)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:43 am
Done!
 

Michela m. (3960)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:17 am
Just come back to Rome from Sweden
Hugs!! Ciao!! michela
S&N
 

Arwen Woods (207)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:25 am
Signed, noted and shared. Thanks Beverley.x
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:26 am
Signed and noted
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:53 am
signed and noted. TY
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:09 am
Guess Obama's running behind..........thanks for info!
 

Eliza J. (7)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:21 am
Signed and noted, thank you!
Also, Democracy Now/Amy Goodman did a great story on it:
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/29/a_desperate_situation_at_guantnamo_over
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:03 pm
Signed, thank you.
 

Beverly M. (85)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:12 pm
Update 4/29/2013 from Democracy Now:

The U.S. military has acknowledged for the first time the number of prisoners on hunger strike at the military prison has topped 100. About a fifth of the hunger strikers are now being force-fed. Lawyers for the prisoners say more than 130 men are taking part in the hunger strike, which began in February. One of the hunger strikers is a Yemeni man named Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel. In a letter published in The New York Times, he wrote: "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." We speak to attorney Carlos Warner, who represents 11 prisoners at Guantánamo. He spoke to one of them on Friday. "Unfortunately, they’re held because the president has no political will to end Guantánamo," Warner says. "The president has the authority to transfer individuals if he believes that it’s in the interests of the United States. But he doesn’t have the political will to do so because 166 men in Guantánamo don’t have much pull in the United States. But the average American on the street does not understand that half of these men, 86 of the men, are cleared for release."

 

James Maynard (68)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:24 pm
President Obama could be a bit more forceful in
his desire to close Guantanamo, but, the blame
for it's remaining open lies squarely at the feet of
this worthless "Congress."
 

Fran F. (114)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:48 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you, Beverly.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:49 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Beverly!
 

Winn Adams (194)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:20 pm
Thanks and signed.
 

Gary A L. (135)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:28 pm
Amensty should also speak to the issue of bradley manning stop picking and choosing who gets help and who doesn't
 

Dianna M. (15)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:09 pm
As Nietzshe once said, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn’t become a monster."
 

Birgit W. (147)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:23 pm
Signed.
 

Marliese B. (64)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thank you. Noted and signed.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (446)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
message sent
 

Kirsten Taufer (43)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:35 pm
Hey, didn't he promise he was going to close Guantanamo at the beginning of his first term?
 

Carlene V. (203)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:54 pm
Letting President Obama know how we feel is the first step, the second one, and one we may not ever see accomplished, is getting Congress to vote on anything Obama wants. We may have to wait until the next President is elected and if it's another Democrat we can expect no changes.
 

Margery Coffey (8)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:53 pm
CLOSE IT NOW. Signed.
 

Jason Flint (5)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:13 pm
signed and noted
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:18 pm
Thank you! (S, N, P, T)
 

. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:32 pm
Signed, thanks.
 

Ancil S. (175)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:38 pm
They need to close it for good. S&N!!
 

. (1)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:50 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed... Didn't Obama promise to close this place? (Many years ago)
 

Natasha Salgado (543)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 12:23 am
Done,thx Beverly!
 

Teresa W. (693)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:01 am
noted, signed and shared
 

John Gregoire (258)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:59 am
Obama has been two terms too long!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:59 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. Obama needs to shut that place down or step down as president.
 

Ellen G. (343)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:15 am
done
 

Inge Bjorkman (143)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 10:53 am
Signed
 

Herbert E. (10)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:23 pm
Petition signed. If I remember right, Prez. Obama said a long time ago he'll close Guantanamo. Maybe he's simply forgotten it. It's human ...
 

John B. (173)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:07 am
Thanks Beverly for posting the link. Signed and noted.
"Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act"
 

Emma S. (227)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:39 am
Done! Thanks, Beverly.
 

Vivien Green (150)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 2:52 am
Noted and signed
 

Julie E. (364)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 4:54 am
Signed.
 

Rehana VN (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:04 am
POLITICIANS ARE LIARS! OBAMA PROMISED TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO WHEN HE GOT ELECTED,ONE OF HIS PROMISES! HE IS WELL INTO HIS SECOND TERM.NOT ONLY IS GUANTANAMO STILL OPEN, PRISONERS ABUSED BUT THE DRONE ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN ARE MURDERING THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS.PERHAPS ITS TIME TO SEND ALL "TRIGGER/BOMB HAPPY" POLITICIANS TO GUANTANAMO & DUMP THEM THERE TO DIE!
 
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