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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Shut Gitmo Down

Cut Funding Now!Anti Torture      I realise that with the Rubber Stamp Congress that this effort is most likely in vain.   It does allow us to be on the record and find out if your reps are spineless or not.   As many experts have shown that torture does not produce reliable information, why does this administration reduce itself to such tactics...?   It only sends the message that they are as much of a low life as the terrorist they hunt.   No wonder we are the laughing stock of the entire world.   Please join me in sending the message below to your lawmakers.   - fc
ACLUShut Gitmo Down

Congress has a chance to act this year by shutting down Guantanamo Bay and government-run secret detention centers. To ensure that closing these prisons does not merely result in transferring abuse elsewhere, Congress must also ensure that all prisoners get basic protections such as humane treatment, access to a lawyer and a court, the right to know the government's charge against them and a meaningful right to prove their innocence.

The Defense Department estimates that it spends $100 million per year on the Guantanamo Bay prison -- nearly $200,000 per prisoner. Congress can cut all funds for Guantanamo Bay, for secret prisons, and for sending people to foreign countries that torture people. But Congress must also make sure that it never happens again by making sure that all prisoners have basic protections under the rule of law.     >> Read more

Shut down Guantanamo Bay prison and secret prisons

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I urge you to cut off all funds for the Guantanamo Bay prison, for secret government-funded prisons around the globe and for sending people to foreign countries that torture people. It is time to hold the government accountable by stopping these practices and halting funding for such un-American acts.

No one should be above the law, but FBI agents have reported government-funded abuse of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, including persons "chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water... for 18, 24 hours or more."

Funding should be stopped for Guantanamo Bay prison and secret government-funded prisons where these abusive practices are likely to occur.

Congress should also ensure that all prisoners get such basic protections as humane treatment, access to a lawyer and a court, the right to know the government's charge against them, and a meaningful right to prove their innocence.

The government should not be able to transfer prisoners to foreign governments that torture people. I have read that people are being shackled and flown on government-chartered planes to countries such as Syria and Egypt where they are tortured -- typically without any criminal charge or any useful information being obtained. I understand that the government even kidnapped a Canadian citizen in New York, flew him to Syria where he was tortured for nine months, and then released him -- without ever charging him with any crime.

I have read that some prisoners are being held in complete secrecy. The federal government continues to hold prisoners, known as "ghost detainees," in secret prisons around the globe. These prisons were created after President Bush signed a secret presidential order based on a secret memorandum scheming to keep prisoners off prison rolls and outside the reach of the Red Cross.

Once again, I urge you to cut off all funds for the Guantanamo Bay prison, for secret government-funded prisons around the globe and for sending people to foreign countries that torture people. I furthermore urge you to ensure that all prisoners get basic protections such as humane treatment, access to a lawyer and a court, the right to know the government's charge against them and a meaningful chance to prove their innocence.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.




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