Please also sign the Avaaz petition calling for the closure of Guantánamo (which has over 700,000 signatures) and visit the "GTMO Clock," which we launched last year to count how many days it is since President Obama promised to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo, and how many have been freed, and which reached the 600-day mark on January 12, 2015, the day after the 13th anniversary of the prison's opening.
Please also read Andy's latest article about the resumption of Periodic Review Boards at Guantánamo, and his article about the CIA torture report, why there must be prosecutions, and why it must not be forgotten that torture has permeated Guantánamo throughout its 13-year history. Thank you for your interest in bringing this dark chapter in modern U.S. history to an end.
Please also read our recent articles about forthcoming prisoner releases, and Vice's major new feature on Guantánamo, and a letter to President Obama from 76 lawmakers asking to see videotapes of force-feeding at the prison. Please also read about the latest decisions taken by the Periodic Review Boards, the rumors that President Obama is considering passing an executive order to secure the closure of Guantánamo, how the release of prisoners from Guantánamo has, alarmingly, ground to a halt once more, and about the 9/11 anniversary, the situation at Guantánamo at the start of September, as covered in the New York Times, the profound legal challenges to the military commissions, and the mixed news from the review boards at Guantánamo in July, regarding the last two Kuwaiti prisoners, one of whom was released in November 2014.
Please also read our latest articles about the systemic problems that continue to plague the military commissions at Guantánamo, and our previous article about the Periodic Review Boards at Guantánamo, for a Saudi prisoner who wants to go home (and who has now been repatriated). Also read "Close Guantánamo" co-founders Andy Worthington and Tom Wilner on the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, and why the widespread criticism in the media and Congress was unfounded and opportunistic. Please also read this op-ed by Frank Goldsmith, the lawyer for one of the five released Taliban prisoners.
Also, please look at our updated prisoner list, identifying the 122 men still held, and incorporating the decisions about whether they should be freed, tried or held indefinitely. These decisions were made by the Guantánamo Review Task Force in 2010, but were only made public in June 2013, as discussed in our article, "The Guantánamo Review Task Force's Decisions on Who to Release, Who to Try and Who to Hold Indefinitely Are Finally Released."
The prison at Guantánamo Bay is an abominable experiment in indefinite detention, which poisons America's claim to be a nation that believes in justice, and the detention of 54 prisoners cleared for release, who are held because it is politically inconvenient to release them, is a disgrace. 50 of these men have long been cleared for release by a presidential task force, and four others were added to the list of cleared prisoners in 2014, after a review process known as a Detainee Review Board.
We are a group of lawyers, journalists, retired military personnel and concerned citizens seeking to close the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, where 122 men are still held, even though 54 of them have been cleared for release. In 2012, we published an exclusive report identifying 40 prisoners first cleared for release under President Bush, who were still held at the time, and we also produced a major report telling the stories of 55 of the cleared prisoners whose names were included on a list released by the Justice Department in a court case in September 2012.
In September 2012, we also marked the ninth death at Guantánamo -- of Adnan Latif, a Yemeni who should have been freed in 2006, on the first of three occasions when he was cleared for release -- under George W. Bush, under Barack Obama, and in a U.S. court. In July 2013, we revisited Adnan's story for an exclusive article questioning the official report of his death, based on unclassified notes of a meeting at Guantánamo between Abdelhadi Faraj, a Syrian who knew Adnan, and his attorney Ramzi Kassem.
As President Obama's second and final term in office becomes entrenched, his legacy is being written, and he needs to make good the promise to close Guantánamo that he made six years ago, on his second day in office in January 2009. While the prison remains open, it continues to undermine America's values and national security.
Join us now to help end this injustice and restore the rule of law. We call on President Obama to honor the principled and pragmatic commitment he made to close Guantánamo. Your voice matters.
Thank you for your commitment and support. Please see our mission statement for a more detailed analysis of why Guantánamo must be closed, and to see the list of prominent individuals and organizations who have signed it.