Friday, May 3, 2013

Wasn't habeus corpus a founding American value?

"Instead of justice for the September 11 attacks, Guantanamo has given the world torture, indefinite detention and unfair trials."
The flag at Guantanamo prison is a shameful admission of America's abuses.
Amnesty International is right: It is well past time to change course and close this detention facility.

I cannot believe that the America founded on the principles of justice and the right of habeus corpus continues to deny detainees at Guantanamo their basic right to trial. There is no excuse after more than a DECADE to continue to shield behind "Patriot Act" euphemisms for unAmerican practices.

This time of budget crisis should be a further incentive to proceed with closing the Guantanamo detention facility. It's time we urge Congress to get this no-brainer job done, today.

Not only is the US government obligated under international law to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, it's the American way and the right thing to do.

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