Tell President Obama and Congress: End indefinite detention and close Guantanamo.
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Tell President Obama and Congress: End indefinite detention and close Guantanamo.

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Osama bin Laden may be dead, but the War on Terror is still being used as an excuse to sacrifice our values and our rights.

On New Year's Eve, President Obama signed a bill into law that gives him and future presidents the power to use the U.S. military to pick up and indefinitely detain civilians accused of supporting terrorism -- including American citizens -- anywhere in the world without charges and without a trial.

This represents a further entrenchment of the Guantanamo mindset that jettisons our most cherished values and our constitutional rights all in the name of national security.

Tell President Obama and Congress: Close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention.

The president and all members of Congress need to see that Americans are outraged by the support in all three branches of government for this outrageous attack on our constitutional rights.

Even if your representative or your senators voted against the bill that allows indefinite detention, they need to hear from you.

What's more, they need to see a groundswell of support behind a renewed effort to shut down the shameful American gulag at Guantanamo.

Guantanamo is a black mark on our national conscience that started under George W. Bush in the wake of 9-11. But it has only continued, despite promises to the contrary, under President Obama.

January 11, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It's long past time we shut it down.

Tell President Obama and Congress: Close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention.

Indefinite detention without charges or trial is fundamentally contrary to the democratic values that our system of government rests upon.

For that reason alone, President Obama could have and should have vetoed legislation that prevented the closure of Guantanamo and allowed for the indefinite military detention of American citizens.

But Congress also must shoulder much of the blame.

There is a disturbing degree of elite consensus that the War on Terror justifies rolling back our civil liberties and our obligations under the Geneva Conventions.

While there are many elected officials who to their credit have spoken out against this, the recent defense bill that allows for the indefinite military detention of Americans passed with large, bi-partisan majorities in both chambers of Congress.

The worst thing we can do in the face of this is remain silent.

We need to speak up and make sure that our elected officials know we are watching, and we must demand that they live up to the best of our nation's values.

Tell President Obama and Congress: Close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention.

 

To:
Congress
President Obama
Indefinite detention without charge or trial is fundamentally contrary to the democratic values that our system of government rests upon. The recent law that authorizes the indefinite military detention of American citizens is an outrage and must be rolled back. Additionally, the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, which continue to be a dark spot on our national conscience, should be closed.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago
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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Altho President Obama and members of Congress are much at fault, it will be EVEN WORSE if more Repukelican members of Congress are elected in November! We can't "punish" Obama or Congressmembers by abstaining from voting for them -- it won't accomplish anything! Not voting "to show your displeasure" will only, in practical terms, make things MUCH WORSE.

      We must KEEP PUSHING members of Congress, and the President -- that is our best and ONLY hope. Would a Repukelican President do better for us? that question almost answers itself!

      So, VOTE, but never stop there, and get even more active and build a Movement -- the ONLY way to accomplish REAL change.

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    • B M BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Guantanamo Bay prison is nothing more than a permanent hell hole for anyone even remotely suspected of terrorism. This place must close, and all persons held MUST be given a fair trial as is guaranteed by our Constitution and the Geneva Convention. To continue the abhorrent practices of torture and permanent detainment goes against every thing we believe about freedom and democracy. I recall that president Obama once promised that all detainees would receive a fair trial in federal courts and that he WOULD shut down Guantanamo. What happened!?

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Indefinite detention without charge or trial is fundamentally contrary to the democratic values that our system of government rests upon. The recent law that authorizes the indefinite military detention of American citizens is an outrage and must be rolled back. Additionally, the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, which continue to be a dark spot on our national conscience, should be closed.

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The United States has a choice to either obey international law and be a force for peace and human rights, or continue its torturing, warring and profiteering ways. What would you like America to be remembered for?

      http://www.change.org/petitions/lets-make-the-international-day-of-peace-a-national-holiday

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