Sunday, February 24, 2008

Urgent petition for Guantánamo detainee

In the quiet of this peaceful Sunday morning, I look out my window and see the sun shining on pristinely pure snow. However, my serenity is shattered and my morning haunted by the knowledge that in the chamber of horrors known as Guantánamo Bay Prison, a man lies alone and suffering due to medical neglect. Whether or not he gets proper treatment for his worsening case of hepatitis B and tuberculosis rests in the hands of a federal judge.

Please do two things --two simple things-- for Mr. Abdel Al-Ghizzawi, a shopkeeper who never raised a hand against our country, but who has been imprisoned for six years

1. Sign the online petition at
http://www.petitiononline.com/saveabdl/petition.html

2. Personalize the following letter AND SEND IT TODAY to the Honorable John D. Bates, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

To read more about Mr. Al-Ghizzawi, see: http://freedetainees.org/archives/19

Read a poem: http://ccrcat.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/74/

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To: Honorable Justice John D, Bates

PETITION ON BEHALF OF ABDEL AL-GHIZZAWI

The Honorable John D. Bates
United States District Court Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20001



To: Honorable John D. Bates,
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Dear Judge Bates,

I am writing to express my deep concern over the deteriorating medical condition of a prisoner in US custody at Guantanamo Naval Base.

Abdel Al-Ghizzawi suffers from tuberculosis, hepatitis B and liver damage. This fact has been known to our Government--his captors--for over a year, yet he has not been given proper medical treatment for his ailments. Instead, our government has deliberately chosen to give out false information about the medical condition of this man.

THIS CONSTITUTES CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT.

Abdel al-Ghizzawi is no "enemy combatant." He was surrendered to US custody in Afghanistan by bounty hunters, and has never been tried or convicted in any court of law of any crimes against the US or anyone else either in Afghanistan or in the United States.

HIS INCARCERATION IS AGAINST ALL INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STANDARDS, AS PROMULGATED IN THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS, TO WHICH OUR NATION IS SIGNATORY.

The lack of medical care for Al-Ghizzawi is a death sentence on this unjustly imprisoned man.

As US citizens and citizens of the world, we are outraged and ashamed at his treatment and the treatment of other prisoners like him at Guantanamo, Bagram and secret US government sites throughout the "Free World."

Our government is no longer a government of laws.

"We the People" petition you for redress of this terrible grievance against a creature of God. How can our country pretend to advance the cause of democracy when we treat people who fall into our hands with such cruelty? We are appalled that these crimes against humanity are being carried out in our name, and distraught that our nation appears before the whole world as a nation of WAR CRIMINALS.

Sincerely,

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