Target: Chuck Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense
Goal: Applaud the Department of Defense for agreeing to send two Guantanamo detainees back home to Algeria
Eighty-Six detainees remain in custody at Guantanamo Bay Penitentiary, despite being cleared for release. For the first time in three years, Washington intends to send two of these detainees back to their home countries. The White House has stated that the steps toward the Algerians’ repatriation were being taken “in consultation with Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security.” Carney added that Congress must “lift current restrictions that significantly limit our ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, even those who have been approved for transfer.”
Many prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many came to the detention center as young teenagers and have since grown into manhood behind bars. Washington’s efforts towards repatriating these two Algerian men are necessary in order to begin to fix the damage caused by America’s dubiously conducted war on terror. Congratulate the Department of Defense on taking steps to release Guantanamo Bay prisoners who have been cleared for release, and urge Congress to make it easier to transfer innocent detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and back to their home countries.
Dear Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense
Of 166 detainees at Guantanamo Bay Penitentiary, 86 have been cleared for release; despite this clearance, they remain imprisoned at this U.S. facility. Guantanamo Bay is a shameful monument to U.S. imperialism, and we are holding President Barack Obama to his promise to shut the prison down, although we understand that such a task cannot happen overnight. Any efforts by the Obama administration to transfer innocent men out of Guantanamo Bay are worth recognition.
It was recently announced that two Algerian men will be released and repatriated to their home countries. This is promising news amidst the chaos of prisoner abuse, hunger strikes, and force feeding currently occurring at Guantanamo Bay. The White House must stand behind more efforts such as this. Justice must be brought to the men cleared for release at this detention center.
Nobody should be imprisoned without just cause, due process, or valid evidence. Please keep fighting to free men cleared for release at Guantanamo Bay. Keep pressuring Congress to lift current restrictions impeding this process. The best way to prevent terrorism is to enforce justice. We recognize your efforts to transfer these men who have been cleared for release, and we hope to see more of these efforts in the near future.
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