145 House Democrats Demand: Close Gitmo

29 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><p>June 29 (LPAC)--Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), joined by 145 House Democrats, delivered a letter to President Bush demanding the immediate closure of the notorious Guantanamo Bay jail, dubbed Gitmo, where persons rounded up abroad, deemed to be terrorists, have been housed. The Moran-initiated letter also called for restoring habeas corpus rights to the detainees at the jail. The letter was prompted by news of Bush's cancellation of a meeting with top interagency officials, last week, on the closing of Gitmo, according to a <em>RawStory</em> report. The letter reminds Bush that the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, H.R. 1585, requires that the Sec. of Defense draw up a plan to transfer the Gitmo detainees to U.S. military barracks.</p><p>A relevant excerpt reads: "Recent reports in the media have suggested that your administration is now considering reversing its position to keep open the detention facilities at Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO). If accurate, we applaud the decision.... Since the time that captured enemy combatants were first brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2002, the detainment facility has undermined America's image as the model of justice and protector of human rights around the world. Holding prisoners for an indefinite period of time, without charging them with a crime goes against our values, ideals and principles as a nation governed by the rule of law... Guantanamo Bay has a become a liability in the broader global war on terror, as allegations of torture, the indefinite detention of innocent men, and international objections to the treatment of enemy combatants has hurt our credibility as the beacon for freedom and justice. Its continued operation also threatens the safety of U.S. citizens and military personnel detained abroad."</p></div></body>