CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO NOW!
The following statement was endorsed by the individuals and organizations listed below in January 2012, when this campaign and website was launched. It has been amended since then only to reflect changes in the numbers of prisoners held, and those cleared for release, and the number of years since the prison opened.
January 11, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Bush Administration's "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
On his second day in office, President Obama pledged to close Guantánamo within a year. Yet he left office without closing it, handing it on to Donald Trump, who, irresponsibly, has promised to keep it open, and who recently tweeted that no more prisoners should be released. However, every day Guantánamo remains open undermines America's values and national security.
Of the remaining 41 prisoners, five men in total were either cleared for release in January 2010 by an interagency Task Force established by President Obama, which was made up of the top intelligence and law enforcement officials in the nation (two in total) or by Periodic Review Boards established in 2013 (an additional three prisoners).
It is unacceptable that the U.S. government continues to hold men that its own national security experts have recommended for release or transfer, and that Congress has intervened to maintain this deplorable state of affairs.
We call for the immediate closure of Guantánamo.
Guantánamo harms our nation every day it stays open, and it continues to serve as a potent symbol for terrorist recruitment. Guantánamo also undermines our bedrock commitment to the rule of law, making that fundamental principle less secure for all Americans.
We call on Donald Trump to finish what President Obama started, and to close Guantánamo for good, and we insist that Congress stop making Guantánamo – and the fate of the men imprisoned there – into a cynical game of political maneuvering.
The individuals above have endorsed our Mission Statement; this list is in formation and as we receive new signers we will add their names here. Content on the rest of the website does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the signers of this statement.
Please join us, and then spread the word to all your friends and contacts. Let's make 2017 the year that we close Guantánamo!
For further information, please contact Andy Worthington, the co-founder of the campaign with Tom Wilner.