Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay
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Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

    1. Morris Davis
    2. Petition by

      Morris Davis

      Gainesville, VA

I served 25 years in the United States Air Force, I was the Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years, and now I need your help.

I personally charged Osama Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, Australian David Hicks, and Canadian teen Omar Khadr. All three were convicted … and then they were released from Guantanamo. More than 160 men who have never been charged with any offense, much less convicted of a war crime, remain at Guantanamo with no end in sight. There is something fundamentally wrong with a system where not being charged with a war crime keeps you locked away indefinitely and a war crime conviction is your ticket home.

As of April 29, 2013 – 100 of the 166 men who remain in Guantanamo are engaged in a hunger strike in protest of their indefinite detention. Twenty-one of them are being force-fed and five are hospitalized. Some of the men have been in prison for more than eleven years without charge or trial. The United States has cleared a majority of the detainees for transfer out of Guantanamo, yet they remain in custody year after year because of their citizenship and ongoing political gamesmanship in the U.S.

That is why I am calling on United States Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel to use his authority to effect cleared transfers from Guantanamo and on President Obama to appoint an individual within the Administration to lead the effort to close Guantanamo. Obama announced on April 30 that he plans to do his part to close Guantanamo, but he has made this promise before. Now is the time to hold him to his promise and urge him to take the steps necessary to dismantle Guantanamo Bay Prison.

It is probably no surprise that human rights and activist groups like Amnesty International, the Center For Constitutional Rights, and Witness Against Torture have been outspoken critics of Guantanamo. It may surprise you that a former U.S. military prosecutor and many other retired senior U.S. military officers and members of the intelligence community agree with them.

The humane thing to do here is to Close Guantanamo. Please join us in the fight by signing this petition.

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President Obama
Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

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    • Safayaat Ul Alam OSHAWA, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      It's the land of the free for you!!

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    • Nafisa Iqbal DHAKA, BANGLADESH
      • 3 months ago

      BECAUSE it is inhuman. a lot of innocent people are dying there for no reason. Do you think all these atrocities will go unnoticed by the LORD?

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    • Danielle De Smet ORCQ ( TOURNAI), BELGIUM
      • 3 months ago

      Justice !

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    • mahani talib PETQLIG JAYA, MALAYSIA
      • 4 months ago

      It is THE right thing to do, and everybody knows that.

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    • Sarah Malik BATON ROUGE, LA
      • 4 months ago

      Ridiculous place!

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