January 11, 2013

Gitmo, 11 years later

John Paterson, President, Maine ACLU - Friday will mark 11 years since the United States brought the first detainees to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

In the years since January 11, 2002, Guantanamo has served as the most visual reminder of this nation's abandonment of our historic standards of due process in the name of national security.

Images of shackled men in orange jumpsuits and blackened goggles, which once sparked shock and outrage from Americans who refused to support torture, are now as familiar to our collective psyche as Neil Armstrong on the moon.

More than a decade later, the images from Guantanamo have slowed and softened.

Sadly, our collective outrage has ebbed as news from the prison has fallen from the front page.

Yet not much has changed, and so we must refuse to become complacent.

Guantanamo remains a secretive island prison where our government locks men up indefinitely, without charge or trial -- and holds them there even after they have been cleared for release.

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1 comment:

Capt. America said...

All of the prisoners at the Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan should have been executed after a maximum of 3 days interrogation on site, including the American, the Australian, the Saudis, every single one without exception (except children under 7 years of age). Sending those morons to GITMO was one of the stupidest moves the US has ever made. The idiots who made that decision snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. We could have and should have left after initial success.

Are all of those who allowed such a camp to exist in Afghanistan dead? It should still be a priority.