An irresistible and irrepressible demand must well up from the people that Obama close Guantanamo and end torture. The hunger strike has now passed 100 days. We have raised almost $40,000 of the $52,030 needed to run this ad. Please donate generously and sign the statement.
As the ad states, “It is up to the people to stand up for principle and morality when their institutions and public officials refuse to do so. The fates of those who are maimed or killed by our government's policies are inextricably intertwined with our own; we must listen and respond to their cry for justice.”
“President Obama seems quite ready to use executive authority when it comes to targeted kill lists.”
While promoting the message to Close Guantanamo that we are raising funds to publish in The New York Times, we have been hearing, especially in the Twitterverse, that people think, because Obama promised to close Guantanamo, and says that Congress is not allowing him to do that, the main problem is with Congress.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – A new policy has been implemented at Guantanamo that calls for prisoners to submit to a “pat down” of their genitals and buttocks when they leave the detention camps to meet with their lawyers, an official here confirmed Tuesday.
Navy Captain. Robert Durand, a Guantanamo spokesman, told Al Jazeera the new procedures were introduced about two weeks ago in an effort to stave off the alleged flow of “contraband” into the detention camps. It’s one of several new strict protocols that went into effect at the detention facility since February.
The following statements were made by signatories to the Close Guantanamo ad which will be placed in The New York Times.
M. Cherif Bassiouni, Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law:
Like you and many others, I have given a great deal of thought to what can be done to encourage the Obama Administration to release from Gitmo as many persons as possible within the framework of existing legislation and to ultimately close it. This concern has only been heightened by the hunger strike in which a reported 130 men held at Guantanamo are engaged in.