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
Email your Members of Congress: Tell them to close the
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
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
Together, we can restore fairness and bring back American values.
Thank you for everything you do.
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU
Caroline Fredrickson, Director