An Open Letter to Congress

November 18th, 2009

We, who have most acutely felt the effects of the greatest terrorist attacks on US soil, ask our Congress to reject legislative language that will bar Guantanamo detainees accused of terrorism from traveling to and being incarcerated in this country.

Closing Guantanamo is essential to the restoration of our image as a just and fair people. Guantanamo, the name and the place, are globally recognized as synonymous with injustice and torture. To facilitate removing this stain from our nation’s face, it must be closed quickly, and the only way this can be done is to bring the current detainees to the US to await trials, even before those venues have been established.

US maximum security prisons, in their one hundred years of existence, have provided irrevocable and unbreachable detention for the worst of the worst in our society. No one has ever escaped from any of these secure facilities. Currently about 195 convicted terrorists, among others, are behind their impenetrable walls, subject to state of the art incarceration technology.

Terrorists, and Guantanamo detainees, are not super human. They are men. Our prisons can and do hold them, whether it be in Illinois, Colorado, Michigan or other states.

We must not allow these prisoners to be transported and held in questionable locations such as Bagram in Afghanistan, which is becoming known as another Guantanamo. It is a Guantanamo-in-waiting, and we cannot afford to make the same mistake twice.

It is time to end the fear-mongering and partisan politics. Let us work together now to make a better future.

Respectfully,
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Filed in: Guantanamo & Military Commissions, Rule of Law: Guantanamo and Civil Liberties

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