Close Guantanamo

GitmoAction2014.jpgThe U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba enters its 13th year of operation on January 11, 2015.  As of December 2014, 132 detainees remain at Guantanamo. As of December 2008, around 50-60 detainees have been cleared for release, but have not been released.

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Talking Points:

  • As of December 2014, 132 detainees remain at Guantanamo. As of December 2008, around 50-60 detainees have been cleared for release. Most of the 64 detainees eligible for repatriation are from Yemen. One cleared detainee is a British citizen, Shaker Aamer. He has been cleared for release twice, but is still behind bars after 13 years without trial. See Save Shaker. The Guantanamo Bay military base once held nearly 800 detainees. Obama pledged in his first presidential campaign in 2008 to shut down the facility
  • What can President Obama do? Congress has imposed unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, but President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now. He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees.
  • According to the ACLU, there are two essential first steps the president must take. One is to appoint a senior point person so that the administration's Guantánamo closure policy is directed by the White House and not by Pentagon bureaucrats. The president can also order the secretary of defense to start certifying for transfer detainees who have been cleared, which is more than half the Guantánamo population.
  • The President must demonstrate immediate, tangible progress toward the closure of Guantanamo or the men who are on hunger strike will die, and he will be ultimately responsible for their deaths.

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Recent Past Actions

CODEPINK joined an international day of action to Close Guantanamo! In Miami, local activists including CODEPINK will march and protest outside the U.S. Southern Command, the command center for the prison camp. In Washington DC, activists occupied the National Museum of American History installing a torture exhibition.