Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay
  • Petición dirigida a: President Obama

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President Obama
Secretary, US Department of Defense
Chuck Hagel
Assistant Secretary, US Department of Defense
Ashton Carter

Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay

    1. Morris Davis
    2. Petición creada por

      Morris Davis

      Gainesville, VA

I served 25 years in the US 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 anathema 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 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. 

If any other country were treating prisoners the way we are treating those in Guantanamo we would roundly and rightly criticize that country.  We can never retake the legal and moral high ground when we claim the right to do unto others that which we would vehemently condemn if done to one of us.

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

The Patriotic thing, the American thing, the Human thing to do here is to Close Guantanamo.  Please join us in the fight by signing this petition.

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    1. Passed the 200,000 mark in under 299 hours (May 12)

      Morris Davis
      Organizador de la petición

    2. Former State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh: Close Guantanamo

      Morris Davis
      Organizador de la petición
    3. The Guardian Sponsors Guantanamo Online Q&A Tuesday 2-3 (EST)

      Morris Davis
      Organizador de la petición

      Submit a question!

      Hunger Strikes, Obama and the future of the Guantánamo Bay prison : Guardian Q & A tool : guardian.co.uk

      Hunger Strikes, Obama and the future of the Guantánamo Bay prison Experts will join us Monday, May 6 from 2-3pm EDT (7-8pm GMT) to answer your questions. Submit and pose follow-up questions, and upvote your favorites until the Q&A closes. Last week President Obama vowed that he would close the controversial Guantánamo Bay prison.

    4. Alcanzadas 100.000 firmas
    5. Close Gitmo Discussion on CNN's AC360

      Morris Davis
      Organizador de la petición
      Outrage over Gitmo

      Col. Morris Davis, who resigned from his position at Guantánamo in protest, says there's no upside to leaving the facility open. Christiane Amanpour, Jeffrey Toobin, Ari Fleischer and Amy Holmes weigh in on what should happen to the detainees imprisoned at Gitmo.

    6. Suggestions on Winding Down Guantanamo

      Morris Davis
      Organizador de la petición
      As long as it stays open, Guantánamo Bay is a stain on America's reputation

      I am going to say something I have not said as often as I would have liked: I agree with President Obama.

    7. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/01/guantanamo-bay-chief-prosecutor

      Emilia Gutierrez
      Organizador de la petición

    8. Alcanzadas 75.000 firmas

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    @naomirwolf

    01 de may de 2013

    Petition via Morris Davis: "President Obama: Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay" http://t.co/9ONSVH3sqy

    Naomi Wolf
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    @NickKristof

    30 de abr de 2013

    Retired US colonel & chief prosecutor at Guantanamo leads petition calling on Obama to close Gitmo https://t.co/VAGJKM7Drl

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      My Christian faith compels me to work for justice.

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    • James Watson NEWTOWN, POWYS, GRAN BRETAñA (REINO UNIDO)
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      No human deserves to be treated this way.

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    • Taylor Jones BEAUMONT, TX
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      Guantanamo bay is a direct violation to human dignity and is a hypocritical gesture considering that Guantanamo is considered US soil. It needs to be either closed or turned into a fair federal prison.

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    • Shaina Escobedo PORT ARTHUR, TX
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      Human dignity, justice

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    • Mary Moyn BELFAST, IRLANDA
      • hace 6 días

      Guantanamo Bay serves one purpose only. To serve the world an unhealthy portion of hatred. Once it is closed others may follow suit and release P.O.Ws in other countries. It is the poster face of all things that are wrong in this planet. Unwillingness to love, to show compassion to others, to move forward. As long as it is open, peoples hearts and minds will be closed to change.

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