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Gitmo and the Bogus 'Enemy Combatants' Trials Should Be Ceased Immediately  

Gitmo and the Bogus 'Enemy Combatants' Trials Should Be Ceased Immediately  
The Military Commissions Act, which denies basic due process protections, including habeas corpus, is a disgrace. But an even bigger disgrace is ...

Guantánamo Follies
Each development in the show trials of Guantánamo Bay inmates brings fresh evidence of how urgent it is for the courts to strike down the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and for Congress to rewrite it.
No president should ever be given the unilateral power to designate people enemy combatants and then have them locked away indefinitely with no prospect of being charged or tried.

The prison at Guantanamo is damaging American values, and our reputation in the eyes of our enemies and our allies alike. It’s time to end indefinite detention without charges and shut down Guantanamo.

Email your Members of Congress: Tell them to close the Guantanamo prison.

Last week, The New York Times reported that President Bush’s new Defense Secretary Robert Gates favors closing Guantanamo and transferring the prisoners there to the United States.

And Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said, if elected president, he “would immediately close Guantanamo Bay, move all prisoners to Fort Leavenworth and truly expedite the judicial proceedings in their cases.”

The Constitution makes the president subject to the rule of law. Its drafters rejected dungeons and monarchies and chose a system of due process and checks and balances.

Take action: Tell Congress to close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention without charges.

At the Guantanamo prison, detainees languish with no access to courts, no meaningful contact with their families and no prospect of being charged or tried.

Nearly 400 men have been held indefinitely and without charge at Guantanamo for as long as five years. The government has already released more than 300 men, and admits that approximately 100 of the current prisoners shouldn’t be there. Officials also admit that no more than a few dozen of them will ever be charged.

But Congress is listening to us. ACLU activists like you recently helped stop the construction of a massive $125 million “legal compound” at Guantanamo, designed to enable round-the-clock trials using unconstitutional trial procedures. Thousands of concerned members and activists like you took immediate action and within 24 hours, the project was dead.

Tell Congress to shut down Guantanamo and end indefinite detention without charges.

The House Armed Services Committee will be holding hearings on Guantanamo and the Military Commissions Act this Wednesday. Your senators and representatives need to hear from you.

The only thing more frightening than a President who ignores the Constitution is a Congress and a people who grant him permission. Please, help end this terrible chapter in our history.

Write now to urge your Members of Congress to shut down Guantanamo Bay.

Together, we can restore fairness and bring back American values.

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,
 

Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU

     

Caroline Fredrickson, ACLU
Caroline Fredrickson, Director
 

 

 
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Court curbs Bush power  Guantanamo Update!  Mostly Innocent

FACES FROM GUANTANAMO   Anthony Kaufman, AlterNet  
'The Road to Guantanamo,' a powerful new docudrama, reveals how easy it is for innocent civilians to be swept up -- not to mention cruelly interrogated and tortured -- in America's 'war on terror.'  http://www.alternet.org/movies/37940/

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Don't miss AlterNet's exclusive clip from the powerful new film "The Road to Guantanamo." The film, which opens June 23rd , chronicles the experience of three innocent British detainees who are kidnapped and tortured at the prison. http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/37910/
 

Guantanamo Bay doctors under fire
BBC News, UK - 12 hours ago
An NI doctor has criticised the World Medical Association for not tackling the role doctors are playing at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. ...

Detainees not given access to witnesses | But in one case, 3 quickly found Wardak, who also served as interior minister, said that lies and rivalries had sent many innocent Afghans to Guantanamo Bay.  ``I can tell you that most of the Afghans there are innocent," he said. ``You can investigate these people here. There is no need to send them to Guantanamo. It is a great sadness between our countries that will last for many years."

Human rights violations continue at Guantanamo Bay
and we need your help now. 

Three detainees reportedly committed suicide at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, highlighting the tragic results of extended arbitrary and indefinite detention.  With many of the approximately 460 men detained in Guantanamo well into their fifth year of detention, the vast majority without charge or trial, a growing number have resorted to desperate measures such as hunger strikes and suicide attempts.

It’s time to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Send a message to President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld and ask them to: 
- close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay,
- conduct an independent investigation into the deaths of the three detainees, and
- end the policy of indefinite and arbitrary detention of alleged terrorism suspects.

After you submit your letter, please be sure to tell your friends and family to do the same. The time to act is now. There is no better time with news of these apparent suicides fresh on the Administration’s conscience.
As always, thank you for your commitment to preserving human rights around the world.
Larry Cox, Executive Director Amnesty International USA Click here to comment

92% of the 517 Guantanamo detainees had not been al-Qaeda fighters.
Most have no connection at all with al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

According to the Pentagon, only 5% of the detainees were captured by the Americans themselves. Some 86% were handed over in Afghanistan and Pakistan by local bounty hunters for a few thousand USD each.

"Get wealth and power beyond your dreams... You can receive millions of dollars helping the anti-Taleban forces catch al-Qaeda and Taleban murderers." -- US leaflet distributed by the US in the region at the time.

Official US Department of Defense figures from its own investigation:

  • only 8% of the detainees can be called "al-Qaeda fighters"

  • only 5% of the detainees were captured by US troops

Yet they all still remain; caged. Many are still unnamed, presumably with families who don't even know that they were captured years ago and are alive (sort of).

By any measure, disgraceful.     Click here to comment

Joanne Mariner, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program director  Click here to comment

"As part of the war on terror we see restrictions being placed on civil liberties around the world."

    That has led to the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp "where people that are considered to be dangerous by the U.S. Administration are being locked up without any charge, without any trial, indefinitely," Khan said. "That cannot be the best way in which you fight terrorism. Because it plays straight into the hands of those who would want to destroy human rights."

    Khan added: "The proof of what I am saying is that the world is not safer today. The number of attacks by armed groups has been going up according to research, and empirical evidence."
Iraq War and Extralegal Rendition at Guantanamo is Provoking Terror: Amnesty International   
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Criticism of Guantanamo rises; Pentagon IDs 3 who killed selves
  The Guardian      A tunnel without end
On Friday night, three prisoners in Guantánamo Bay committed suicide.
Two Saudis and one Yemeni hanged themselves.
In a desperate attempt at spin, the US claims this was an act of war  

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