End 17 Years Of Injustice

Welcome to "Close Guantánamo"

February 20, 2019 marked the 6,250th day of the existence of the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, and here's our co-founder Andy Worthington marking this sad occasion. Please join us in urging Donald Trump to close it once and for all!

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Some of the people calling on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo, as part of the new Gitmo Clock initiative, which counts, in real time, how long Guantánamo has been open. See all the 2018 photos here and photos from 2018-19 here, and please join us! Also see our press release, issued with ten other human rights groups, on June 10, when the prison had been open for 6,000 days.

For our report about events marking the 17th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, see The Revival of Resistance: Reflections on the 17th Anniversary of the Opening of Guantánamo, and see below for the video of the panel discussion at New America featuring our co-founders Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington, and Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watch.

The panel discussion about Guantánamo at New America on Jan. 11, 2019.

Please also read our most recent articles, Alarm as Proposals Emerge to Send ISIS Prisoners to Guantánamo, and the U.K. Strips "ISIS Bride" of Her Citizenship, about the latest disturbing news regarding foreign fighters and their wives and children in Syria, and Saifullah and Uzair Paracha: Victims of U.S. Vengeance in the “War on Terror”?, a cross-post, with an introduction by Andy, of a detailed Guardian article by the Pakistani journalist Saba Imtiaz looking at Guantánamo's oldest prisoner and his son, imprisoned in the U.S. since 2006, which asks whether they were "wrongly snared," and compellingly suggests that they were.

We also recommend other recent articles; namely, Remembering Judge John J. Gibbons, The Man Who Brought Habeas Corpus to Guantánamo, about the recent death, at the age of 94, of the former chief judge who argued for the prisoners' habeas corpus rights before the Supreme Court in 2004, Guantánamo’s Periodic Review Boards: Eight Men Entombed by Donald Trump, looking at the scandal of the Periodic Review Boards under Donald Trump, which have gone from a functional parole-type system under Barack Obama to a kind of Groundhog Day process, in which those reviewing the cases of the men eligible for the PRBs seem to have no interest whatsoever in approving any of them for release, and Guantánamo’s Lost Diaspora: How Donald Trump’s Closure of the Office Monitoring Ex-Prisoners Endangers U.S. National Security, looking at how Trump has also made post-Guantánamo life insecure for many prisoners, as well as failing to keep America safe.

Also check out WORLD EXCLUSIVE: "The Kind Father, Brother, and Friend for All at Guantánamo" by Mansoor Adayfi, very generously written for us by former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, who was resettled in Serbia in 2016, and Karen Greenberg on Brett Kavanaugh, and How Guantánamo is Poisoning U.S. Law, a cross-post of an incisive and damning analysis of the recent confirmation, as a Supreme Court justice, of Brett Kavanaugh.

In response to the news, announced during the State of the Union speech last January, that Donald Trump had issued an executive order officially keeping Guantánamo open, our co-founder Andy Worthington said, "When a prison holding people without charge or trial has been open this long, the last thing that should happen is that the President of the United States signs an executive order keeping it open. But that, sadly, is what just happened tonight. The farcical document in question is called the 'Presidential Executive Order on Protecting America Through Lawful Detention of Terrorists,' and its creation is another black mark against America's notion of itself as a country that respects the rule of law, which, of course, Guantánamo's very existence disproves every single day that it is open. Shame on Donald Trump for such a racist, lawless, counter-productive and unnecessary move."

Please also check out the statement we issued with several other rights groups on March 15, 2018, after Donald Trump announced that he had nominated Gina Haspel, who oversaw the CIA "black site" in Thailand, where torture took place, to be the next director of the CIA, and Andy's article looking in detail at the nomination. Please also check out the article Andy wrote on March 28 about Abu Zubaydah, for whom the torture program was developed, in the mistaken belief that he was a senior member of Al-Qaeda, on the 16th anniversary of his capture, and read Andy's article about Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing on May 9, contrasting her refusal to condemn torture with the British government's unreserved apology, the day after, to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar, Libyans whose rendition to the custody of Col. Gaddafi in 2004 partly involved Britain's intelligence services. And please also read our statement following Gina Haspel's shameful confirmation, on May 17.

Also check out Andy's article about the significance of the executive order on his website here, and our latest articles -- about the extraordinary collapse of the military commission trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, about a devastating criticism of Guantánamo and the military commissions by the United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, with particular reference to the treatment of "high-value detainee" Ammar al-Baluchi, but also reaching the conclusion that everyone held at Guantánamo is subjected to arbitrary detention, and two others, the first providing an update on a sad story that first emerged at the end of 2017, about the Pentagon threatening to destroy artwork made the prisoners, because, it appears, it dared to show them as human beings, and the second linking to a powerful BBC Radio 4 show about the prisoners' artwork.

Please also read this assessment by Alberto Mora, the Navy's General Counsel under George W. Bush, who fought against the use of torture at Guantánamo, and who believes that the review of detention policy also ordered by Trump in his executive order might actually lead to the prison's closure. And also check out this cross-post of an article about a week spent at Guantánamo for the military commission trials by P. Leila Barghouty, another cross-post of an article for Teen Vogue by Dan Norland, who helped two former prisoners write a book about their experiences, and an article about how Ali al-Marri, one of three men held and tortured on U.S. soil as "enemy combatants," alleges that FBI agents were responsible for his torture, and calls for them to be held accountable. And please also check out this report about how prisoners resettled in the UAE between November 2015 and January 2017 are actually being held in secretive detention.

Also check out Andy's article about the release (or rather, the repatriation to ongoing imprisonment), on May 2, 2018, of Ahmed al-Darbi, a Saudi citizen, who was supposed to have been released on February 20 according to a plea deal he agreed to in February 2014.

For a brief explanation about why it is imperative that Guantánamo is closed, see our co-founder Andy Worthington speaking outside the White House on January 11 last year, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Also, please check out these articles from January 2018 — about the leak first establishing the disturbing news that Donald Trump was planning to issue an executive order formally keeping Guantánamo open, and an exclusive report about a letter from a cross-party group of British MPs urging Donald Trump to close Guantánamo, which was also sent to the chairs of two influential Senate Committees — John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bob Corker of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

For 2019: Counting how long Guantánamo has been open

The poster showing 5,950 days of Guantánamo's existence, on Apr. 26, 2018.

Please visit our new campaign pages (for 2018, and 2018-19), showing photos of opponents of the prison at Guantánamo Bay with posters telling Donald Trump how long Guantánamo has been open — 5,845 days on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison, and 6,210 days on January 11, 2019 — and urging him to close it once and for all.

To print a poster visit the Gitmo Clock website, which we first launched in 2013 and revived in 2018. We've now made new posters available for 2019. Take a photo, and send it to us, with, if you wish, a message for Donald Trump. You can take photos with as many of the posters as you wish throughout the year!

See here for the events we were involved with on the anniversary, read our introduction to the photo campaign here, read our co-founder Andy Worthington's account of the anniversary here, see Andy's photos of the protest here, follow us on Facebook, and check out the videos below — of the panel discussion that Andy and our other co-founder, Tom Wilner, took part in on the afternoon of Jan. 11 at the New America think-tank (with Karen Greenberg of Fordham Law School), and of Andy's talk on Jan. 16 at Revolution Books in Harlem, introduced by and moderated by Carl Dix.

The New America panel discussion on Jan. 11, 2018.

Donald Trump No! Please Close Guantánamo!

Please watch our video in which, throughout 2017, we asked supporters to take photos of themselves with posters urging Donald Trump to close Guantánamo. The video features the song, 'Close Guantánamo (2017 mix)' by Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington's band The Four Fathers, and is available to listen to or as a download on their Bandcamp page. Please also check out 'Equal Rights and Justice For All,' a rousing defense of habeas corpus, released by The Four Fathers to mark Trump's first 250 days.

Please also read Andy's article from the fall of 2017 about the disturbing news that the administration is no longer monitoring hunger striking prisoners, entitled, Celebrities Fasting With the Hunger Striking Guantánamo Prisoners That Donald Trump Is Allowing to Die. Andy also wrote an article for Al-Jazeera about efforts to hold the government to account in court.

A petition that may be of interest is designed to get the Trump administration not to destroy prisoners' art, following the recent revelation that officials are no longer allowing prisoners to keep their art, or to send it or give it to other people (their lawyers and family members, for example), and have also threatened to destroy it. Andy wrote about that in an article entitled, The Persistent Abuse of Guantánamo Prisoners: Pentagon Claims It Owns Their Art and May Destroy It, But U.S. Has Long Claimed It Even Owns Their Memories of Torture, also looking at the dark undercurrent of the authorities' desire to have total control over the prisoners that has always existed at Guantánamo.

Please also read our article about Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture criticizing the U.S. for still using torture at Guantánamo, and, for some perspective on who is still held at the prison, please also read Abdul Latif Nasser: Facing life in Guantánamo, Andy Worthington's article for Al-Jazeera from June, looking at the five men still held who were approved for release under President Obama, and especially looking at the case of Abdul Latif Nasser, a Moroccan who missed being released by just eight days.

Who we are and why we care

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 40 men are still held, 5 of whom have been cleared for release.

January 11, 2018 was the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the start of its 17th year of operations. This is an anniversary that should never have come to pass.

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. Of the 5 men still held but approved for release, some have been waiting to be freed for seven years, which is unforgiveable, and others have been approved for release more recently by Periodic Review Boards, a process established in 2013 to review the cases of all the prisoners not already approved for release or facing trials.

Just nine men are facing or have faced trials, while the men who had faced PRBs were, disgracefully, either recommended for prosecution until the military commissions largely collapsed under judicial scrutiny, or were described as "too dangerous to release" when President Obama's task force reviewed their cases in 2010, even though it was acknowledged that insufficient evidence existed to put them on trial; in other words, it was not evidence at all, but profoundly unreliable information derived through the use of torture, abuse and the bribery of other prisoners.

Please visit our project launched at the end of 2015 — the first detailed annotated list of all the men facing Periodic Review Boards, which, to date, have approved 38 men for release, while approving the ongoing imprisonment of 26 others (a success rate for the prisoners of 59%), and please read our article introducing the list.

Also, please look at our updated prisoner list, identifying the 40 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."

Please encourage your Senators and Representatives to support our call to close the prison. Let them know that, while the prison remains open, it undermines America's values and national security. Find your Senators here, and your Representatives here.

Join us now to help end this injustice and restore the rule of law. We call on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo, and will continue to do so until it is closed for good. Your voice matters.

Thank you for your commitment and support, and thank you for your interest in bringing this dark chapter in modern U.S. history to an end. 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.

Remembering the "Countdown to Close Guantánamo"

In November 2016, we launched this video (also on Facebook) encouraging supporters to join us in our renewed efforts to persuade President Obama to do all he could to close Guantánamo before he left office. The video was part of the Countdown to Close Guantánamo that we launched in January 2016. Please feel free to check out the campaign song by The Four Fathers, and the revised versionplus video — reflecting America's dubious new presidency, and Obama's sad and shameful failure to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo.

Please see the Celebrity Photos page for photos of our celebrity supporters, including music legend Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd), the musician and producer Brian Eno, David Morrissey, Juliet Stevenson, Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve, and former Guantánamo prisoners including Shaker Aamer. Also see the first Public Photos page for photos from 1 year to 300 days, the second page for photos from 250 days and 200 days, the third page for photos from 150 days and 100 days, and the fourth page for photos from 70 days to 20 days, and the fifth and final page, plus messages to President Obama from concerned members of the public from the U.S. and around the world. We are delighted to report that over 700 photos were submitted by supporters of the campaign. Please also see the video of Roger Waters and Andy Worthington announcing the launch of the "Countdown to Close Guantánamo" on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.


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