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PETITION - Urge Your Senators to Support Closing Guantanamo

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, guantanamo bay, indefinite detention, no trial, no conviction, jail forever )

- 2066 days ago -
I strongly support closing the detention facility at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Indefinite detention and unfair trials violate human rights and do not make us safer. There is a far better alternative to Guantanamo: the criminal justice system here.


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Sue H (7)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:06 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

David B (38)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:09 am
Thank you Sue.

Dear David,

Tell your two Senators to vote the right way on Guantanamo.

Critical update on Guantanamo: we have an opportunity to end the nightmare for dozens of prisoners if you are willing to act now.

The 2014 defense authorization bill (S. 1197) includes 3 provisions that can help close Guantanamo. Together, they ensure that Guantanamo detainees are either safely and fairly tried in US federal court, or transferred to other countries. If we lose, we may face yet another year of human rights violations at the prison.

Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring this bill up for a vote before Thanksgiving.

This is one of our most important battles in Congress over Guantanamo. The vote is expected to be tight. We can't take even one Senator for granted.

Flood the Senate with messages of support. Reach out to your Senators right now and urge them to support the Guantanamo transfer provisions.

The vote will come 13 years after Guantanamo prisoner and British resident Shaker Aamer began his horrific journey of indefinite detention in Guantanamo.

Shaker has spent 11 brutal years inside Guantanamo without charge or trial, even though Shaker was cleared for release by BOTH President George W. Bush and President Obama. This spring, Shaker and dozens of other detainees went on hunger strike to protest their unlawful indefinite detention.

We need every vote to win. It's crunch time raise your voice now to help us pass these provisions.

The hunger strike has taken its toll on Shaker's body. Even worse, Shaker has endured absolute agony at the hands of US authorities in their twice-daily force-feeding sessions.

Who's footing the bill for these heinous acts? You and I, the taxpayers. Guantanamo must close, and passing these provisions brings us one step closer to that day.

It's time our representatives in Washington end the agony on an island sheltered from the public eye. Tell your Senators to support closing Guantanamo without delay.

Thank you for all you do for justice and human rights.


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security & Human Rights Program
Amnesty International USA

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:14 am
already signed from email -and you beat me to post it, thanks!

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:16 am
Will fwd this-and EVERYBODY SHOULD also share!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:32 am
I signed, Thanks David for posting, Angie for forwarding to me.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:41 am

Signed - shared on Face book and tweeted. Thank you for taking action! Thanks Angelika for the forward, and David for the submission.

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:46 am
Thank you for taking action!
Signed & Thank you David

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:02 pm
Signed and Noted

Beverly T (82)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:09 pm
The politicians (and yes I mean ALL of THEM) need to grow up. This thing with Guantanamo is just utterly ridiculous. We claim as a country to be a world example. Well on this issue we perhaps need to set new standards for the world. Set them free if not convicted/proven or move them to a humane, RESPONSIBLE facility !!! The rich want to own the world yet they FEAR these few men. Their treatment of these prisoners reflects OUR America !!!!! For every day they do not do the correct service by these men....there are 3 (or more) who justify their hate for us.
Two choices....PICK ONE !!!!!

Animae C (508)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:22 pm
Thank you for taking action!

roxy H (350)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:29 pm
Ty , posted in my group
Indefinite Detention
New Guantanamo Thread

divergent revolution (309)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:31 pm
signed, highly doubt the virgin islands is gonna do much
but there were other targets,so it is one more voice
thanks David,and Angie for he fwd

David B (38)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:31 pm
If Guantanamo was not so serious, it would be laughable... Gitmo has done more to lose global support for America than it's many stupid/pointless wars have.

Debbie G (306)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:31 pm
Signed. Thanks David.

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:42 pm
Qbsolutely correct, David and that is why most likely its closing would decrease terror threats and attacks on the US enormously-if only they would finally understand that!!

David B (38)
Monday November 18, 2013, 1:13 pm
Imagine the stories the Guantanamo victims could tell if released? Human rights violations, torture etc... Will they ever be released?

David B (38)
Monday November 18, 2013, 1:23 pm
Let us not forget, pre-election Obama promised to close this hotbed of American crimes against humanity, but has not. He lied. Yes he can close Gitmo WITHOUT approval from his, or the Republican government... Therefore he is guilty of crimes against humanity.

kate K (481)
Monday November 18, 2013, 1:33 pm
Noted and signed thank you David

Monday November 18, 2013, 1:47 pm
Noted, thanks David :)

Monday November 18, 2013, 1:48 pm
And signed***

Dotti L (85)
Monday November 18, 2013, 2:36 pm
Noted and signed. It just seems like this is never going to happen.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 18, 2013, 4:14 pm
Signed-thx David

Sheryl G (359)
Monday November 18, 2013, 4:55 pm
Thank you for taking action! 60 Minutes just did a piece on this last night. Although it covered it very lightly with words the "view" spoke a thousand words. In a room that had maybe 5 cells on each side there were 3 soldiers in white cover ups, head gear and plastic face shields, and blue rubber gloves.

They walked around and around in this fairly narrow room, with some projections coming from the cells that prevented the soldiers from touching the doors by accident I guess. They were required to look into the rooms as they walked by, and there were but a brief for seconds that went by before a soldier was looking in that window.

To me this was EXTREME. Every few seconds someone looking in on you, which means never a time of any type of privacy. What is in their cells is closely monitored, when they are taken out they are patted down, an electronic wand is placed over the body, they have no visitors, so what possibly be brought in to them? For 12 hours a day these soldiers must walk around in small room and I'm thinking no wonder everyone is pissed off on both sides of the door.

The topper to it all is.............these men may be guilty of NOTHING! They have not had a trial or a hearing so this extreme confinement is happening to human beings who may or may not of done anything but be born and did happen to walk down the wrong street that day or had a neighbor who needed some extra money so told the US military you were a "terrorist"......thank you very much, I got some money and you go away, neighbor issue is solved.

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 18, 2013, 5:04 pm
My understanding is also-as David said-that the prez alone is empowered for action of he so wishes. The whole game on blaming it on congress might be a cover up/excuse. Anyway, this new opportunity with an amendment to the NDAA could be a chance for him to brush up his reputation, so lost now over the ACA trouble.
But it might well be the reason for keeping the inmates locked up in fear of their testimonies when tried or released.

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 18, 2013, 5:12 pm
Sheryl, yes, here's a news summary about that coverage: (video link incl.)

CBS 60 Minutes featured a second installment of their coverage of Guantanamo. This week's segment featured interviews with Colonel John Bogdan and Clive Stafford Smith, an attorney for several detainees. CBS 60 Minutes was granted unprecedented access to the area of the prison reserved for detainees who have recently attacked guards. The segment showed the detainees rattling their metal cell doors while guards walked up and down the cell block outfitted in white scrubs and splash masks. CBS 60 Minutes also posted a "Correspondent Candids" segment featuring reactions and reflections from Lesley Stahl and her film crew.

The Associated Press reports the White House is gearing up for a showdown in Congress over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Both Attorney General Eric Holder and major human rights groups released letters this week in support of the new provisions.

President Obama has not said much publicly about Guantanamo in the six months since his speech in May at the National Defense University, but administration officials say he presses Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry on the matter every week. "Our marching orders are very clear from the president, and in terms of what he wants to do, and that's to close the facility," said envoy Clifford Sloan at the State Department.

**read on if you like at >

Laurie H (818)
Monday November 18, 2013, 8:17 pm
Signed & Shared with Thanks David & Angie for sending over!!!~ "Let the Showdown Begin!!!"~~

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:04 pm
Noted; already signed and shared earlier.

Bridget Robertson (106)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 12:28 am
Noted and signed.

Giana P (398)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 12:44 am
Noted and signed.

Krish Away (43)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 12:51 am
Thank you for taking action!

Lynn Pascente (141)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 12:51 am
Horrible treatment of human beings who might be innocent! This is unforgivable! This hell of Earth needs to be closed yesterday and that wouldn't be soon enough! Signed and I'll post this on FB Thank you David

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 12:53 am
Bloody oath I signed

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 1:01 am
So signed.

Tuesday November 19, 2013, 1:56 am

Thanks AniMaeChi for forwarding and David for posting.

Naoko i (257)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 1:57 am
Noted, signed and Green Star on your way, David.

Frans B (582)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 3:34 am
Thank you for taking action! There's more you can do.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 3:41 am
noted and signed

Joy Wong (100)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:07 am
Noted and signed.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:50 am
S&N This is just wrong and needs to be closed!

. (0)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6:02 am
Noted and signed.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6:05 am
Like the father,like the son. Israel also is detaining hundreds of Palestinians without charge. The question is : who is the father and who is the son?
Thanks David,noted and signed. Thanks Angie for the forward.

. (0)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6:50 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, David. It is time to shut that place down.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 6:53 am
Excellent and valid statement & question there from Abdessalam!

Ben O (129)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 7:08 am
Oh, Man...I wonder HOW many petitions I've signed by now...???

David B (38)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 8:45 am
Israel is just as guilty of crimes against humanity as big brother Ben. One step at a time?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 9:20 am
Too right I signed and noted. Thanks David.

Emma S (239)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 9:36 am
Done! Thanks, David.

Terrie W (798)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 10:38 am
Thank you for taking action!

Annemie O (153)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 3:29 pm
N & S

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 12:02 am


John Holton (344)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:43 am
S and N

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:56 am

Deborah W (6)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:59 am
The worst of the crop are contained in this now refurbished facility and should never be brought into our own backyards. There is already a look-see at a brand new and until now unused facility in Illinois... cumbs for a failing and near-bankruptcy state (and hometown of BO)? Maybe.

Pat B (354)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:48 am
Signed, thank you.

Ann Welton (230)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 11:00 am
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you David for posting and AniMaeChi for sharing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:37 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, David.....and Dandelion for the link.

S J (124)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 5:48 pm
Thank you for taking action!
Thanks David

Judith C (159)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:20 pm

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 5:24 am

Mandi T (367)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 11:48 am
Thank you for taking action!

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:37 pm
Signed although I think I signed already and a few like this
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