10 Years of Guantanamo:
We Say No More!
Bradley Manning Support Group
January 11 Day of Action Against Guantanamo
Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for providing WikiLeaks with the Guantanamo detainee assessments. Based on those files, we know that the prison has held mostly innocent people and low-level operatives.
The Guantanamo Files describe how detainees were arrested based on what the New York Times referred to as highly subjective evidence. For example, some poor farmers were captured after they were found wearing a common watch or a jacket that was the same as those also worn by Al Queda operatives. How quickly innocent prisoners were released was heavily dependent on their country of origin. Because the evidence collected against Guantanamo prisoners is not permissible in U.S. courts, the U.S. State Department has offered millions of dollars to other countries to take and try our prisoners. According to a U.S. diplomatic cable written on April 17, 2009, the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners requested that the National Court indict six former U.S. officials for creating a legal framework that allegedly permitted torture against five Spanish prisoners at Guantanamo.
Join a rally in Washington, DC and help create a human chain of more than 2,000 people, representing the individuals still detained without charge or fair trial at Guantánamo and Bagram, from the White House to the Capitol.
Meet at Lafayette Square across from the White House by 12 noon!
We will raise our voices and demand:
- Close Guantánamo & end abuses at Bagram
- End indefinite detention and unfair military commissions
- Charge and fairly try detainees or release them
- Ensure accountability for torture: investigate, prosecute and provide remedy for victims
- Revise the Army Field Manual to help ensure torture isn’t used again n Fight Islamophobia
With few exceptions, the Bush detention regime has been more deeply institutionalized by the Obama administration, and the failure to close Guantánamo is but one in a string of unkept promises. While the media has largely abandoned the issue, a bipartisan consensus is emerging to commit permanently to terrible policies. We need to speak out with a new determination to reach policy-makers, the media, and the public.
Buses will be coming to Washington DC from cities throughout the Eastern United States.
There will also be a solidarity rally in San Francisco, at NOON, Jan. 11, Fed Bldg, 7th St at Mission.
Witness Against Torture · Amnesty International USA · Center for Constitutional Rights · National Religious Campaign Against Torture · September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows · Physicians for Human Rights · Bill of Rights Defense Committee · No More Guantánamos · Pax Christi USA · Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition · Catholic Worker · War Resisters League · World Can't Wait · Code Pink · School of the Americas Watch · Voices for Creative Nonviolence · National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance · 8th Day Center for Justice · WarIsACrime.org · Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5 · Rabbis for Human Rights-North America · Refuge Media Project · War Criminals Watch · Arab American Association of New York · Appeal for Justice · International Justice Network · North Carolina Stop Torture Now Coalition · United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter · High Road for Human Rights · Quaker Initiative to End Torture · The Bradley Manning Support Network · Courage to Resist