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Flier of NYT Ad: Stop the Torture! Close Guantanamo! End the War Crimes and Violations of Fundamental Rights!
Updated May 7, 2013
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IN 2002, the Bush regime set up a primitive prison camp at a U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Several hundred men were subjected to “enhanced interrogation”, what the rest of the world calls torture. Most had been turned in for $5,000 cash bounties the U.S. paid, and had no connection to attacks on the U.S. 157 haven't ever been charged and 86 were cleared for release years ago.
Obama has the power to release the 86 cleared, but has not. Congress has legislated to block Guantanamo’s closure; federal courts have blocked prisoners’ rights to sue, and denied their petitions for habeas corpus. The few that have been charged will not be tried because the abuse and torture they suffered at government hands would be revealed.
Prisoners are desperately trying to get the world’s attention by refusing to eat, some of them since early February 2013. The hunger strike has grown to 130 men. The media is no longer ignoring it. Obama had to address it in a recent press conference. He said Guantanamo hurts America’s standing and doesn’t keep America safe and never mentioned the immense suffering these men have endured. Obama said he would need to go back to Congress with the issue.
166 men remain imprisoned at Guantananamo Bay.
157 haven’t been charged and 86 have been cleared for release.
May 17-19 Global Days of Action Mark 100 Days of Hunger Strike
The truth is that Obama could close Guantanamo today and doesn’t need Congress . The otherwise dangerous National Defense Authorization Act includes waiver provisions that give the Obama Administration the legal authority to transfer detainees from Guantánamo. Obama justified force feeding, a brutal procedure in which a tube is shoved into the nose and liquids are pumped down the throat while prisoners are strapped down in a chair. The United Nations Human Rights Commission, The World Medical Association, and the American Medical Association denounce force feeding as torture and/or unethical.
One thing is clear to people of conscience and that is Obama must close Guantanamo now! We must do what we can to create a political situation where Obama releases the cleared prisoners and closes Guantanamo. It was always wrong and no government should be able to do such things.
The Network for Stopping Drone Spying and Warfare plans April Days of Action 2013 to generate a public uprising across the United States to stop drone spying and drone warfare.
We urge you to select one or more of the days in April listed below to organize actions in your community to focus on the institutions which are part of the massive army of drones in the U.S. war on the world. People around the U.S. are urged to learn more, speak out, and act in visible protest of:
April 4 – 6: Drone Manufacturers Identify and protest drone manufacturing facilities, using demonstrations, teach-ins and other actions calling for an end to drone attacks and an end to the manufacture of weaponized and surveillance drones.
►San Diego – April 4 – 7: protest at the plant of General Atomics, maker of the Predator and Reaper drones, the workhorses of drone killing.
April 16 - 18: Drone Research/Training Identify colleges and universities in their regions doing drone research and/or training of drone pilots and to call for an end to research and training related to drone warfare.
April 27 – 28: Drone Bases Protest at Air Force and National Guard bases which control the U.S. military drone program in their regions.
►April 26-28 protest at the Reaper drones based at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse, NY.
Want to be part of the drones protest action that's happening in state after state? Connect with other members of No Drones Network! People in areas across the country are making big plans for the April Days of Action to Stop the Drones!
ZERO DARK THIRTY: What’s wrong with a film that justifies torture?
Zero Dark Thirty represents the CIA's view of the world: an eleven year illegitimate, unjust, immoral "war of terror" on Muslims as revenge for 9/11.
What happened on 9/11/01 in New York City was a horror. The forces that attacked the World Trade Center are totally reactionary.
BUT – what was done by the U.S. in the name of 9/11 – whether justified by “safety,” “justice,” or simple revenge – turned out to be a far worse horror, a war for empire:
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Political debate in the United States over recent weeks has increasingly focused on when, not if, sanctions and military action will be launched against Iran. How informed are you about the situation? Take the online quiz.
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Occupy Wall St. and Everywhere to Stop U.S. Wars for Empire!
"YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance"
-from the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime (2005).
Tens of thousands of people in the U.S., taking the lead from millions in the Middle East, are “occupying” public spaces, seeking change in the world as it is, standing up to authority, power, and blowing the ceiling off expectations that the vast disparity in global income “has to” be as it is. We’ve got to spread these occupations!
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of U.S. military, support staff and private contractors are “occupying” two countries in the Middle East, in a mission to enforce, with a vengeance, U.S. domination over the region, employing night raids, torture, and terror towards the civilian population. We’ve got to end those occupations!
FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS:
U.S. OCCUPATIONS, bombs, and secret operations have wreaked havoc in the Middle East since 2001, sold to the public on the basis of being in the “United States’ national interest.” As just one example of the type of war being fought, in 2010 it was revealed the 5th Stryker Brigade’s “Kill Team” went on a shooting spree, hunting down and murdering unarmed Afghan civilians at random and mutilating corpses for fun. U.S. / NATO bombing raids kill even more civilians this year than last. The U.S. detains hundreds in Bagram prison in Afghanistan, without charges, lawyers, or rights… and Guantánamo remains open, in spite of Obama’s declaration almost three years ago that he would close it as a stain on America’s conscience.
THE U.S. OCCUPATION of Iraq caused the worst humanitarian crisis of our time: over 4.1 million refugees over the last 8 years; 1.2 million killed; the wholesale destruction of the infrastructure, agriculture, electrical, and educational systems. Still in Iraq are 50,000 troops re-branded from “combat” to “advisers” and tens of thousands of private mercenaries at 17 permanent bases. The very soonest the troops could be pulled out of Afghanistan isn’t until 2024, according to the Obama administration’s pact with Karzai.
OBAMA HAS INCREASED unmanned drone attacks and secret operations in Pakistan and Yemen, killing hundreds of civilians. The administration of the Nobel Peace Laureate continues to support repressive regimes in Yemen and Bahrain, against the demands of their people, but mounted a $1 billion bombing and secret operation in Libya, under cover of “humanitarianism” and with the collusion of the former colonial powers France and Britain, using the same weapons that could be used in an often-threatened attack on Iran. It’s an outrage that this government spent $2 trillion on military aggression, more than all the other countries combined while, officially, one in seven, live in poverty and the richest 1% increased their income during this recession.
Homelessness, criminal lack of healthcare, and 2.4 million poor people imprisoned are the “American way” as much as U.S. domination of other countries and the wanton exploitation of the earth’s resources. But, if the richest country in the world provided jobs, education, healthcare for all the people living here, would it be OK to kill people indiscriminately and in protracted occupations for empire?
It is right and just to occupy town squares across the country to declare we are the 99% who are NOT represented by this government and the culture of greed that surrounds us. Find an occupation near you at occupytogether.org and raise your voice in resistance against the most powerful empire in world history – and do it for the people of the world!
The future is unwritten. Which one we get is up to us.
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