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"Close Guantánamo" Campaign & Website are Launched


By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 10 January 2012

“Close Guantánamo” Campaign and Website Launches:
Retired Military Personnel, Lawyers Call for the Closure of Guantánamo  After 10 Years

For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on Jan. 11), a group of retired military personnel
and lawyers are calling on President Obama to honor his promise to close
the prison, which he made when he took office in January 2009.

Signatories to the mission statement for the “Close Guantánamo” campaign
include: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of
State Colin Powell; the Hon. John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Gen. David M. Brahms (Ret.); Rear
Adm. Donald J. Guter (Ret.); Rear Adm. John D. Hutson (Ret.); Col. Morris
Davis, former chief prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo;
and several lawyers who have been involved in the litigation involving
Guantánamo and the 171 prisoners still held there.

The mission statement also notes that over half of the remaining 171
prisoners - 89 men in total - have been cleared for release or transfer,
and, as the signatories explain:

“It is unacceptable that the U.S. government continues to hold men that its
own national security experts have recommended for release or transfer, and
that Congress has intervened to maintain this deplorable state of affairs.”

The signatories also note:

“Guantánamo harms our nation every day it stays open, and it continues to
serve as a potent symbol for terrorist recruitment.”

The “Close Guantánamo” website is www.CloseGuantanamo.org.

Read the mission statement here: www.closeguantanamo.org/Our-Mission

The “Close Guantánamo” campaign invites anyone opposed to the continued
existence of Guantánamo to sign up to the campaign, to show the President
and Congress that there is significant support for the prison’s closure,
and also to sign a petition on the White House's "We the People" website,
calling for the prison’s closure. The White House commits to respond to any
petition that receives 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

In the months to come, the website will feature stories of the remaining
prisoners, via their lawyers, and important background information about
the prison, the men held there, and the reasons why the prison is still
open, to help people understand why this remains an issue of great
importance.

The Steering Committee members are: Gary A. Isaac and Tom Wilner,
attorneys who were involved in litigation on behalf of the Guantánamo
prisoners before the Supreme Court, and Andy Worthington, journalist and
author.

For further information about the petition, contact: Gary A. Isaac
at: garyisaac@closeguantanamo.org or by phone: 312-701-7025 or 312-363-9034.

For further information about the website, and about the campaign in general, contact Andy Worthington at
andyworthington@closeguantanamo.org   or by phone: 347-385-2195.

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