It was very warm and sunny today in the city thee founded. I stood on the shady corner of 15th St. and J.F.K. Blvd., wearing an orange t-shirt and distributing flyers inviting one and all to the Guantánamo Cell Tour. The Amnesty International exhibit --located on Dilworth Plaza, just behind City Hall-- features a life-size replica of a solitary confinement cell used to imprison persons captured by our federal government in conjunction with the war on terror. Gazing up at thy statue, I could not help but notice that thee was facing in the direction of the exhibit, so perhaps thee looked down once or twice.
I'm sure I've just used many words that thee has never heard before. However, thee does know well what it is to be arrested though innocent. Surely thee would grieve to know that the highest officials of this land where thee once founded thy colony have approved of incarcerating prisoners indefinitely on an island in the Caribbean, in a place called Guantánamo Bay, even depriving them of the right of habeas corpus. Thee boldly demanded this right when thee was put on trial. Yet that is not the worst of it. The highest officers of the land have even approved of torturing those prisoners, as though they too do not have that of God within them. It seems that many of the citizens of our country are deceived by the words of our officials, who assert that prisoners must be tortured to keep us safe. Either that or they are so distracted by their daily cares and vain amusements that they pay little heed to the Light Within. Few, it seems, are mindful of thy wise words: "A good End cannot sanctify evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it."
Remember how thee charged the jury at Newgate to return the verdict of their conscience and to disregard the order of the unjust judge? In that place called Guantánamo, the three-person juries, termed Combatant Status Review Tribunals, have found no reason to keep most of the prisoners incarcerated. Yet they were then ordered by the officials to re-examine the evidence and to find some reason at all costs. Thus many of those unfortunate souls remain imprisoned for six years now.
Indeed, thee was truly ahead of thy time with thy Holy Experiment and Charter, while we seem to have regressed to the practices of a darker era. I pray thee hold us in the Light, we who refuse to remain silent before unjust laws and policies.
Thy faithful and affectionate Friend,