Obama continues the same practices. Lawlessness is official US policy.
Dascal claims "legal authority" permits detaining them. She says Guantanamo today "is a far cry from" 2002. She ignores continued abusive treatment.
She claims most detainees "live in communal facilities where they can eat, pray and exercise together."
On June 24, 2012, Jimmy Carter headlined "A Cruel and Unusual Record."
He condemned America's "widespread abuse of human rights."
He cited targeted assassinations, indiscriminate drone killings, indefinite detentions without charge, warrantless spying, abusing people based on "their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate," keeping Guantanamo open, and obtaining confessions by torture.
What Bush authorized, Obama continues. Illegal practices remain policy. Torture is institutionalized. International law is spurned. Constitutional rights don't matter.
America "abandon(ed) its role as the global champion of human rights," said Carter. Remaining Guantanamo prisoners "have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom."
US authorities "revealed that, in order to obtain confessions, (prisoners were) tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers."
National security priorities prevent defense attorneys from raising these issues responsibly.
"Instead of making the world safer, America's violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends."
Dascal disagrees. Closing Guantanamo "would do more harm than good," she claims. Keep it open, she urges. Violating international, constitutional, and US statute laws wasn't explained.
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) headlined "January 11: (National) Day of Action Against Guantanamo."
"Join us," it said. "Call on President Obama to fulfill his promise." Demand he uphold human rights.
"166 men remain detained at Guantanamo." Most never should have been sent there in the first place.