Protests are planned around the country Tuesday to mark the beginning of the tenth year of the US detention center at Guanta'namo , from which, it appears, some men will never leave.Come to one or many of the events and protests
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A detainee who had been there for 9 years, Farhi Saeed bin Mohammed, was forcibly removed to Algeria last week, in spite of ongoing legal efforts to prevent his return. Psychologist Jeff Kaye explains the outrage in Obama's "Stealth Transfer" Of Guantanamo Prisoner; Algerian Forcibly Repatriated:
The Obama administration has shown a blatant disregard for international treaties and basic human in its second forcible deportation from Guanta'namo of an Algerian national in the last six months. On January 6, the administration secretly and forcibly repatriated 48-year-old Farhi Saeed bin Mohammed to Algeria, which he reportedly fled in the 1990s, trying to escape threats from Islamic extremists. In a press release from Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the deportation, CCR noted that "Mr. Mohammed has long been cleared of any connection with terrorism..."
9 years since Rumsfeld announced "the worst of the worst" would be locked away, there are 173 men still behind Guanta'namo's walls, including 90 set for release, most of whom even the Bush regime admitted had done nothing criminal.
There are 173 voices and stories not heard by most of the people in whose name they are detained. The government has done a very good job of changing the conversation, of suppressing the truth and reality of these 173 men. World Can't Wait is committed to re-focusing the lens on the crimes of this government, crimes we know that only the people can stop. We will not be okay with indefinite detention. We will not allow 173 lives to be on hold in the name of "our national security."
On this ominous anniversary let's re-commit ourselves to closing Guanta'namo & holding those responsible accountable. Let's listen to the stories of these men, and let's challenge others to confront this reality and to make our resistance visible. World Can't Wait is working hard to turn public attention to the fact that despite what you hoped for, Guanta'namo is still open. We don't need silent prayers but public outcry.
We are making the silent and invisible seen and heard through sharing the names and stories of the 173 people still in Guanta'namo at events throughout the country and through important civil resistance in D.C. And by bringing author and Guanta'namo expert Andy Worthington to the U.S. to show his film Outside the Law: Stories from Guanta'namo, to speak to people at public events, and bring out the truth about torture at Guanta'namo to light. This is precious stuff - and we can only do it with your support.Watch Andy Worthington interviewed on Democracy Now! Friday, Jan. 9th
I've been getting interesting queries lately from people who are thinking about what one person can do to help change the political climate and challenge other people to think. Emma B., 19 yrs. old, writes:
Being an American citizen in 2011 I often question among millions of others what we can do to put a positive dent in our country's misbehavior that is going on right now. How is it that the media gets to focus only on what it wants us to hear or see? Doesn't that allow our attention to go elsewhere and forget what we should be standing and fighting for? Shouldn't they keep the public informed of updates of the inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning? This is not an issue the American public should forget so quickly. This is how our goverment is treating a US citizen.
Emma B. and Debra S. would like to hear from you. What do you think?