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March/April 2012 Postcard

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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

On the second day of your presidency you declared that the use of torture would no longer have a place in the United States and that you would close the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba within a year.

I urge you to follow through with your promise. Of the 171 men still imprisoned, 89 are cleared for release. Send them home. They can be watched to make sure they don’t join insurgents on a battlefield. Try the rest in federal courts, which in the past decade have tried 400 accused terrorists. If courts can’t convict these men, they, too, should be released. Indefinite detention without trial violates international human rights law and must end now.

In this election year, I’m watching to see where you stand on this issue. I believe keeping Guantánamo open compromises our foreign policy and the ideals that define the United States.

DEAR SENATOR:

On the second day of his presidency, President Barack Obama declared that the use of torture would no longer have a place in the United States and that he would close the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba within a year.

I urge you to close Guantánamo now. Of the 171 men still imprisoned, 89 are cleared for release. Send them home. They can be watched to make sure they don’t join insurgents on a battlefield.Try the rest in federal courts, which in the past decade have tried 400 accused terrorists. If courts can’t convict these men, they, too, should be released. Indefinite detention without trial violates international human rights law and must end now.

In this election year, I’m watching to see where you stand on this issue. I believe keeping Guantánamo open compromises our foreign policy and the ideals that define the United States.

DEAR REPRESENTATIVE:

On the second day of his presidency, President Barack Obama declared that the use of torture would no longer have a place in the United States and that he would close the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba within a year.

I urge you to close Guantánamo now. Of the 171 men still imprisoned, 89 are cleared for release. Send them home. They can be watched to make sure they don’t join insurgents on a battlefield.Try the rest in federal courts, which in the past decade have tried 400 accused terrorists. If courts can’t convict these men, they, too, should be released. Indefinite detention without trial violates international human rights law and must end now.

In this election year, I’m watching to see where you stand on this issue. I believe keeping Guantánamo open compromises our foreign policy and the ideals that define the United States.


Protesters(Produced by The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, P.O. Box 53062, Wash. DC 20009)Security experts say Guantánamo hurts U.S. security and bolsters al- Qaeda’s recruiting efforts. Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar, retired four-star Marine generals, called Guan tánamo “a morally and financially expensive symbol of detainee abuse.”

Guantánamo interrogations have included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, solitary confinement and other forms of torture.

Guantánamo costs American taxpayers $800,000 per year per detainee.

“The only way to restore the rule of law is to put an end to indefinite detention at Guantanamo and the broken commissions system,” executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union Anthony Romero stated on March 7, 2011. We should be moving “toward closing Guantanamo and ending its shameful policies.”