End 16 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, 2018 marked the 16th anniversary of the opening of the Bush Administration's "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Donald Trump, irresponsibly, failed to release any prisoners during his first year in office, even though five of the remaining 41 prisoners were approved for release by high-level U.S. government review processes under President Obama. He has, to date, released only one prisoner, Ahmed al-Darbi, in May 2018, six weeks after he was supposed to have been repatriated (to ongoing imprisonment) under the terms of a plea deal he agreed to in February 2014.

Donald Trump fails to understand that every day Guantánamo remains open undermines America's values and national security.

The five men approved for release 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.

  • 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 director 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; 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 2018 the year that we close Guantánamo!

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