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Join us in Close Guantanamo Call-In Week, January 18-21, 2011

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Congress has taken steps to restrict funding for closing Guantanamo. It has limited the Administration’s ability to transfer detainees to other countries, and it has created barriers to transferring detainees to the United States – even for the purpose of trial. Some members of Congress are working on ways to update and expand the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), in an effort to further expand the use of military commissions, preventive detention and even extra-judicial killing of U.S. citizens.

These are policies rooted in fear rather than wisdom.

No More Guantánamos, along with Witness Against Torture and the Defending Dissent Foundation, ask you to take part in a national call-in week to Congress.

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask to speak to each of your Senators and your Representative. (Find out who they are here.)

Call your Senators and your Representative today to demand their support for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay with justice, specifically:

  • Drop ban on transfers of detainees.
  • Charge or release the men still in detention.
  • Allow civilian trials of men who are charged with crimes.
  • Do not expand the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

 

Maintaining the detention center at Guantánamo Bay does not make us safer. Because it stands as an internationally recognized symbol of a period in which our nation abandoned one of its greatest values – respect for the basic dignity of all people – and tortured detainees, Guantánamo serves to inspire those who seek to harm us. More importantly, it endures as a legacy of a period in which our government put its fears ahead of our values.

Thank you for all you do.  Please send us an email message after you have made your calls, letting us know how many calls you made and how they went.