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Andy Worthington

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Monday, 10 December 2012 11:56

Will Guantánamo ever be closed?

Nearly eleven years after the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison opened on the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, its much-mooted closure seems as remote as ever.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 22:03

An impossible suicide at Guantánamo

Even in death, injustice stalks former Guantánamo prisoner Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, who died at the prison in September, six years after he was cleared for release.

In June 2004, in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, a notorious memo from August 2002 was leaked. It was written by John Yoo, a lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and it claimed to redefine torture and to authorize its use on prisoners seized in the “war on terror.”

The family of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, have just released this photo of him, smiling and waving, and looking, for all the world, like a free man, even though he has just started his twelfth year in US custody.

This week, in its "Room for Debate" series, the New York Times invited six people to debate the question, "Time to End Military Tribunals?" and also to comment on whether, in his second term, President Obama should "finally close Guantánamo."

So here’s a quick message to invite anyone in Hull-

Now that the all-consuming, and insanely expensive Presidential election is over for another four years, President Obama’s in-tray still contains Guantánamo, where, of the 166 men still held, 86 werecleared for release by the Guantánamo Review Task Force. 

Yesterday, I was delighted to talk to Michael Slate on his long-standing progressive show, on KPFK in Los Angeles, about Guantánamo past, present and future. 

Now that the dust has settled on last week's Presidential election, we at "Close Guantánamo" pledge that we will continue to demand that President Obama fulfils his promise to close the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which he made on his second day in office in January 2009.

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