Three Day Series: Guantanamo Bay [day 1]

Time to growl scrinkers and scrinkettes…

My husband emailed me last night in one of his passionate political rages. I was upstairs with the kids because both boys insist on Mommy time before they go to sleep and last night in particular Finn was crazy, he woke up four separate times and did not sleep well at all even when he did manage to nod off.

So this morning I checked my email to see a message from the husband and this one was related to Guantanamo Bay.

Recently, especially since the changes made to the NDAA where signed into effect, my husband has been livid and has been letting me know our country has sunk to all time shameful power hungry levels. He sent me a link to the NYTimes article posted this weekend titled “My Guantánamo Nightmare” by Lakhdar Boumediene. He was in military custody at Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2009.

January 11, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of “war on terror” detainees at Guantanamo. I urge you to NOT let this day pass quietly. And therefore today, tomorrow and Wednesday I am going to write a post with this topic in mind in hopes to educate more people about what has happened and continues to happen thanks to the government of the United States and the stigma which arises if you are captured by the US Military even unjustly like Lakhdar Boumediene.

Guantanamo is a costly human rights catastrophe. Military and intelligence experts have repeatedly asserted that Guantanamo and the violations it stands for are immoral, illegal and counterproductive to US national security.

There is a simple solution to closing Guantanamo — either charge detainees and give them a fair trial in US federal court, or release them.

It should not be a situation like Lakhdar Boumediene had to endure, where he waited 7 years to be released, when he had done nothing wrong.

I will never forget sitting with the four other men in a squalid room at Guantánamo, listening over a fuzzy speaker as Judge Leon read his decision in a Washington courtroom. He implored the government not to appeal his ruling, because “seven years of waiting for our legal system to give them an answer to a question so important is, in my judgment, more than plenty.” I was freed, at last, on May 15, 2009.

When President Obama signed the NDAA giving he and the US Military the right to capture people based purely on suspicion without proof right off the street, right out of their house whether here or anywhere else…what! It just doesn’t make a bit of sense.

He stated: “In the signing statement, Obama said that on the issue of accused terrorist detainees, he will interpret and apply provisions that bar the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “in a manner that avoids constitutional conflicts.””

Well, I don’t know about you but that doesn’t make a lick of sense to me and therefore I doubt it meant anything to anyone else. President Obama, I don’t care how much pressure anyone put on you, you should not have signed the documents if you were not pleased with what was written in them. I can say that I will apply provisions to my mortgage papers but if I sign syaying I’ll pay $2,000 each month then guess what the bank is going to hold me to paying?

10 Years Too Long: End Indefinite Detention & Close Guantanamo – Act w/ @Amnesty

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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1 thought on “Three Day Series: Guantanamo Bay [day 1]

  1. It is not the president’s job
    to determine the constitutionality of the laws he enacts. That job falls to the US Supreme Court and I expect legal challenges to be brought to SCOTUS regarding the NDAA.

    In the mean time, any president who signs a law like this and qualifies it with “I’ll make sure I enforce it the right way, trust me” should never be voted for again. Obama campaigned on closing Guantanamo Bay down. 4 years later, we are still waiting.

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