Tuesday, May 7, 2013

URGENT ACTION: Sign petition to close detention facility at Guantanamo Bay

from www.change.org

Petition of Morris Davis to President Obama to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay 

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.

TO DO:  CLICK HERE for more information and to sign petition.

TO READ:  CLICK HERE to read the statement by the editors of The Nation to find out why more than 100 of Guantanamo's 166 prisoners are on a hunger strike.

TO WATCH:  CLICK HERE to view the Democracy Now! interview in which Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, explains what President Obama can unilaterally do to redress human rights abuses at Guantánamo.

1 comment:

  1. On page 51 of the Engage, in our course on ways we often react to violence we learned that our first response is usually to retaliate with violence as well, but that should not be the case. In the short piece of Popeye written by Walter Wink it’s explained how Popeye fights back with violence after his girlfriend is abused by Bluto, who is portrayed as the bad guy. “Transformed by this infusion of power, Popeye easily demolishes the villain and rescues his beloved.”(51) This only happens when we have the illusion as thinking of ourselves as the victims and soon be heroes. We shouldn’t mistreat people because of their actions, but instead retaliate in a way it will shame their actions and not fighting back with what started it all. In the end it’ll be like the Popeye cartoon because in every episode the same events happen.