End 19 Years Of Injustice

Our Mission

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 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, 2021 marked the 19th anniversary of the opening of the Bush Administration's "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Donald Trump released just one prisoner in his lamentable four years in office, and failed to understand that every day Guantánamo remains open undermines America's values and national security. We urge Joe Biden to act swiftly and decisively to close the prison once and for all.

We are delighted that one of the men long cleared for release from the prison has finally been freed, in July 2021, but ten other men approved for release are still held: three approved 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, one by a Periodic Review Board in 2016 (a second review process set up by Obama), another by a PRB towards the end of Trump's presidency, and five others under President Biden, meaning that 10 of the 39 men still held have been approved for release by high-level U.S. government review processes.

Encouraging though it is that men are being approved for release under President Biden, and that one man has been freed, 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 President Biden 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.

  • David M. Brahms, Esq., BGEN USMC (Ret.)
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • John A. Chandler, attorney
  • Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, attorney
  • Morris Davis, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former chief prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo, and professor at the Howard University School of Law
  • The Hon. John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Elizabeth P. Gilson, attorney
  • Donald J. Guter, Rear Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • Jonathan Hafetz, attorney
  • Scott Horton, contributing editor, Harper's Magazine
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights Watch
  • John D. Hutson, Rear Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • Gary A. Isaac, attorney
  • Rob Kirsch, attorney
  • Joseph Margulies, attorney
  • George Brent Mickum IV, attorney
  • Matthew J. O’Hara, attorney
  • Stephen Oleskey, attorney
  • Todd E. Pierce, Major (Ret.), Military Commissions defense attorney
  • David Remes, attorney
  • Clive Stafford Smith, attorney and founder of Reprieve
  • Thomas P. Sullivan, attorney
  • Lawrence Wilkerson, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and visiting professor of government at the College of William and Mary
  • P. Sabin Willett, attorney
  • Tom Wilner, attorney
  • Andy Worthington, journalist and author

The individuals above have endorsed our Mission Statement. 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 2021 the year that we close Guantánamo!

For further information, please contact Andy Worthington, the co-founder of the campaign with Tom Wilner.