End 17 Years Of Injustice

Gitmo Clock 2018-19 photos

Some of the opponents of Guantánamo who are supporting the new poster campaign set up in 2018, showing Donald Trump how many days Guantánamo has been open, and urging him to close it once and for all.

January 11, 2019 was the 17th anniversary of the opening of the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, when the prison had been open for 6,210 days. One year earlier, January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison, marked 5,845 days since the prison opened, and to mark that grim occasion — which ought to have been a source of shame for all decent Americans and citizens of the world who respect the rule of law — we launched a new initiative: inviting opponents of Guantánamo’s continued existence to take a photo of themselves holding a poster telling Donald Trump to close the prison, and marking how long it has been open. You can either print off a poster, or take a photo of it on a tablet or even on your phone.

We made posters available for every 25 days throughout 2018 (via the Gitmo Clock, our initiative that counts in real time how long Guantánamo has been open), and for 2019 we have four posters: for 6,210 days (on Jan. 11, the 17th anniversary of the prison's opening), for 6,300 days (on Apr. 11), 6,400 days (on Jul. 20) and 6,500 days (on Oct. 28).

Feel free to take as many photos as you want with these posters and send them to us, with, if you wish, a message for Donald Trump, and if you wish, your memories of what you were doing when the prison opened on January 11, 2002.

If you can, please make a donation to support our work in 2019. If you can become a monthly sustainer, that will be particularly appreciated. Tick the box marked, "Make this a monthly donation," and insert the amount you wish to donate.

For 6,300 days, longtime Close Guantánamo supporter Dorrine Marshall says, "This is from our weekly vigil in Huntington Beach, California. We are going to put tape on our shirts with the number of days. Thank you again for ALL that you do."

Today, April 11, 2019, marks 6,300 days since the prison at Guantánamo Bay opened, and our co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Shamefully, 40 men are still held at Guantánamo, either detained indefinitely without charge or trial, which no decent law-abiding country should endorse (26 of the 40), or charged in a broken trial system, the military commissions, that is incapable of delivering justice (9 of the 40). Five of the men still held were approved for release by high-level government review processes under President Obama, but are still held because Donald Trump has no interest in releasing anyone from Guantánamo under any circumstances, and would, if he could, bring new prisoners to this offshore stain on America’s claim to be a country that respects the rule of law. End this injustice now!"

On April 11, 2019, the 6,300th day of Guantánamo's existence, M. Safa Saraçoğlu, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, joins our call for the prison to be closed without further delay.

On April 11, 2019, the 6,300th day of Guantánamo's existence, Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, joins our call for the prison to be closed without further delay.

On April 11, 2019, the 6,300th day of Guantánamo's existence, Michael C. Hickey, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, joins our call for the prison to be closed without further delay.

On April 11, 2019, the 6,300th day of Guantánamo's existence, William V. Hudon, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, joins our call for the prison to be closed without further delay.

April 11, 2019 marks the 6,300th day of Guantánamo's existence, and, in Bethesda, Maryland, longtime Close Guantánamo supporter Steve Lane says, "President Trump, the Guantánamo Bay prison is a stain on every one of us. America will never be great again so long as that symbol of cruelty and injustice exists. Do what no other president has ever been able to do, and close it down!"

On February 20, 2019, marking 6,250 days of Guantánamo's existence, our co-founder Andy Worthington says, "How long is too long? For over 17 years men have been held at Guantánamo, largely hidden from the world, subjected to torture and other forms of abuse, and, for the most part, held indefinitely without charge or trial. 40 men are still held in that hell-hole, and it is unacceptable that, since taking office, Donald Trump has released just one man. Now we hear rumors that some in the Trump administration want to bring ISIS prisoners to Guantánamo from Syria. This must not happen. No new prisoners should be brought to Guantánamo, and those still held should be charged or released so that this shameful place can finally be closed."

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington calls on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo. The photo was taken by David Sterman of New America, just before the panel discussion about Guantánamo that Andy took part in, along with the campaign's other co-founder, Tom Wilner, and Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watch. It was an extremely well-attended event, showing how the resistance to Trump's disgraceful presidency is growing.
As Andy said in his address to the annual vigil outside the White House, following the panel discussion, "Today Guantánamo has been open for 6,210 days. That's 6,210 days of shame for every decent American. Every day this prison is open is a source of shame for all decent people. This isn't an ordinary prison where people have been tried and convicted. This isn't a war prison where people are taken off the battlefield and held, protected by the Geneva Conventions, until the end of hostilities. This is a prison where people were taken to in the first place so they could be held absolutely without any rights whatsoever", a situation that, essentially, continues to this day, as no one can be released except at the whim of the president.

Beth Adams, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Medea Benjamin, of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Political blogger the Talking Dog calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Longtime Close Guantánamo supporter Julisa Wescott calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Marie Shebeck, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Campaigner Joy First calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Peace activist Malachy Kilbride calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

Longtime Close Guantánamo supporter Steve Lane calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.
Steve had the following message for Donald Trump: "Guantánamo Bay prison has been open for 6,120 days, President Trump. That is 6,120 days too many. It holds 40 prisoners, which is 40 too many. Use your powers to close this heinous example of man's inhumanity to man. Until you do, America will be shamed in the eyes of the world."

Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening. This photo was taken at the annual vigil outside the White House.

From Mexico City, Natalia Rivera Scott, a longtime opponent of Guantanamo, sent this photo and the photo below, calling on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Lama Yousry sent this photo, and the photo below, calling on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo on its 6,210th day of operations, January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Helen Schietinger, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Maha Hilal, with the Justice for Muslims Collective and Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Luke Nephew, of the Bronx-based Peace Poets, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Josie Setzler, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Brian Terrell, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, James Yee, the former military chaplain at Guantanamo, who was wrongly accused of being a spy and imprisoned as an "enemy combatant" during the presidency of George W. Bush, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Chris Brandt, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, peace activist Judith Kelly calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Chris Knestrick, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Matt Daloisio, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Jerica Arents, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Jeremy Varon, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Charlie Bowman, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, 9/11 Truther Katie Boylan calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

For January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Pete Perry, at 'The State of Muslim Rights in the War on Terror', an event in Washington, D.C., calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

For January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Robert, at 'The State of Muslim Rights in the War on Terror', an event in Washington, D.C., calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

For January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Mike, at 'The State of Muslim Rights in the War on Terror', an event in Washington, D.C., calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, peace activist Ellen Barfield calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Freeman, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Jules Orkin, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Palina Prasasouk, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, peace activist Ken Jones calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Beth Velkey Brockman, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Nahima Hadeesh calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Bill, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, peace activist Leah Brown calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Mike Fiala, a Cleveland Catholic Worker, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, peace activist Paki Wieland calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Art Laffin, a Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Martin Gugino, with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, social justice advocate Richard Sroczynski calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, John and Debby Hanrahan, in Washington, D.C., call on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Debra Sweet, National Director of the World Can't Wait, calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 11, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Richie Marini of the World Can't Wait calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 1, 2019, the shameful prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Megan Harrington calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and, at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Close Guantánamo supporter Susan McLucas explains the enduring shame of the prison's existence, and the significance of how long it has been open, and calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and, at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Charlie Welch calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

On January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and, at the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Wadi'h Halabi calls on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

Today, January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Today, as we mark the arrival of a new year, a shameful truth for Donald Trump and the US Congress to reflect on is that the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days. In just ten days’ time, the prison will have been open for 17 unforgivably long years. It’s time for this sordid stain on America’s reputation as a country that respects the rule of law to be closed once and for all."

Today, January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Dot Young, in London, calls on Donald Trump to close it.

Today, January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Tyler Worthington, in London, calls on Donald Trump to close it.

Today, January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Shane, in London, calls on Donald Trump to close it.

Today, January 1, 2019, the shameful, lawless prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, has a message for Donald Trump. Steve says, "Mr. Trump, the Boumediene v. Bush Supreme Court decision said that Guantánamo Bay detainees were entitled to submit habeas corpus petitions to require the government to show that there was enough evidence to justify their detention. However, an appeals court said later that judges must assume that the government's evidence is reliable. Is that your position, Mr. Trump, that the U.S. government is reliable? It gets everything exactly right the very first time? I don't think it does, and you sure don’t sound like you think it does either. So don't trust it to get the Guantánamo Bay prisoners guilt right without their ever going to trial. Either charge and try them, or release them. Barack Obama tried to do that for 8 years, but couldn't. I'm sure you can do better than him."

On January 1, 2019, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,200 days, and Rory Shand-Bowers calls on Donald Trump to close it.

Today, December 7, 2018, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,175 days, and our co-founder Andy Worthington, his wife Dot and their son Tyler (who was just two years old when the prison opened) call on Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

Marking the 6,175th day of Guantánamo's existence on December 7, 2018, Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "President Trump, at least 5 of the 40 men held at Guantánamo have been cleared for release — that is, they are not guilty of anything. Why, then, are they still in prison? Do you not see how it harms America's status in the world to keep innocent men captive? Doing that lets ISIS recruiters say, perfectly rightly, that 'America does not stand up for its values of fair play for everyone, they are fakes, so let’s go bomb them.' Please release those cleared men as soon as possible."

December 7, 2018: The prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,175 days, and new supporter Rory Shand-Bowers calls on Donald Trump to close it.

November 12, 2018: The prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,150 days, and indefatigable Close Guantánamo supporter Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "Dear President Trump, the Guantánamo Bay prison camp provides a powerful argument for al-Qaeda, ISIS and their like that the United States does not stand by its word when we promise equality and justice for all. Instead, it shows that it we share al-Qaeda's values, by locking men up without trial or even charge. 'So why don't you join us, instead of listening to them?' says ISIS. Gitmo is a recruiting tool for terrorists, and puts us all in danger. Close it now."

October 18, 2018: The prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,125 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "President Trump, it's never too late to close our prison at Guantánamo Bay. Every day those men spend there is a day taken from their lives without justification. Every day after their release is a day of well deserved freedom. Please release them as soon as possible."

September 23, 2018: The prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,100 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "President Trump, our prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been denied the right to a speedy trial — that's why some of them have been there for 6,100 days. If they were U.S. citizens that would be a violation of the Constitution we fought and died for. If it is important for citizens to be tried, rather than arbitrarily imprisoned, why isn't it important for everyone? Why can't the Guantánamo Bay prisoners be shown the evidence against them, be allowed to present their case, and be found innocent or guilty by an impartial judge or jury, just like you and me? You can give them back that basic human right. Will you?"

August 29, 2018 marked the 6,075th day of operations at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and Robert Kolkebeck, in Park Forest, Illinois urged Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

Close Guantánamo’s co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Today, August 4, 2018, the illegal, immoral and unjust prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,050 days — that’s 16 years, six months and 24 days. I’m on holiday, on Chesil Beach in Dorset on the south coast of England, enjoying a view of freedom and of the joys of nature that those held at Guantánamo may never have again if Donald Trump gets his way and succeeds in keeping the prison open and not releasing any prisoners under any circumstances. Please join us in telling him to close it without further delay."

Today, August 4, 2018, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,050 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland says, "President Trump, one day's confinement at Guantánamo Bay without trial or even charges would be unfair. That it has been open for over six thousand days is an abomination. Everyone around the world knows that Guantánamo motivates a lot of them - we call them terrorists - to attack us. Please restore America's honor, and make us safe from terrorism, by closing Guantánamo Bay."

Today, August 4, 2018, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,050 days. Robert Kolkebeck, in Park Forest, Illinois urges Donald Trump to close it without further delay.

Today, July 10, 2018, is the 6,025th day of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and Yvonne Bradley, former military defense attorney for British resident Binyam Mohamed in Guantánamo’s military commissions, calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

Today, July 10, 2018, is the 6,025th day of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and educator Pam Bradley calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.

Today, July 10, 2018, is the 6,025th day of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and Guantánamo Defense Counsel Todd Pierce calls on Donald Trump to close the prison without further delay.