Wednesday, July 22, 2009

URGENT - Call your senator: GITMO could remain open indefinitely!

Correct me if I'm wrong. Didn't President Obama issue an executive order on his first day in office mandating that Gitmo be CLOSED within the year?

What is Senator James Inhofe's (R-OK) problem? Has he bothered to read the reports of the Combat Status Review Tribunals? Or the testimony of Lieut. Col. Stephen Abraham before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in May 2008? ("The Mistakes of Guantánamo and the Decline of America's Image")

Of the more than 700 individuals who have passed through that fortress of shame known as Guantánamo Bay Prison, only a handful actually have credible accusations against them. Which hasn't kept 200 of them from being incarcerated for over 7 years...or tortured.

Or maybe the senator simply believes his own fear mongering...


When I was as kid, they used to tell us that only the commie pinkos rounded up people and threw them into prison without charge. How do we dare lecture other countries about human rights abuses with Gitmo still open? The Statue of Liberty does not stand for illegal detention and torture (no pun intended).

Please call your Senators and tell them to vote against S.A. 1559, which would PERMANENTLY prevent the President from transferring any detainee from Gitmo FOR ANY PURPOSE, whether to stand trial in a US court or to be housed at another facility. Remind them that the abuses that occurred in the prison in Guantanamo shamed our nation and you hope that they will not stand in the way of closing that prison. Voting against this amendment will make it possible to close Guantanamo.

If you live in Pennsylvania:
Sen Casey's Washington office: Phone: (202) 224-6324
or Toll Free: (866) 802-2833

Sen Specter's Washington office: 202-224-4254

Otherwise, check
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Here are more details from NRCAT:

Dear Friends:

Senator Inhofe has offered an amendment, S.A. 1559, to the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization bill (S. 1390) that would PERMANENTLY prevent the President from transferring any detainee in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to a prison in the United States - whether for the purpose of trying that detainee in a court of law, or for the purpose of closing Guantanamo.

As you all know, Guantanamo is widely recognized as a symbol of our government's use of torture. Senator Inhofe's amendment would make it much more difficult for our country to close Guantanamo - preserving the symbol of torture and needlessly tarnishing our country's reputation.

Please call your Senators and tell them to vote against S.A. 1559. Remind them that the abuses that occurred in the prison in Guantanamo shamed our nation and you hope that they will not stand in the way of closing that prison. Voting against this amendment will make it possible to close Guantanamo.

You can reach your Senators by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking to speak with one of your Senators. Then call back and ask to speak to your other Senator.

Thank you for all you have done to end U.S.-sponsored torture.

Sincerely,

Linda Gustitus, President
Richard Killmer, Executive Director

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