3 Steps for President Obama

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Please be sure to take our new “100 Days Action,” urging President-elect Obama to take three essential steps in the first 100 days of his term to close Guantanamo, eradicate torture and end impunity for human rights abuses:

> Announce a plan and date to close Guantanamo;

>Issue an executive order to ban torture and other ill-treatment, as defined under international law;

>Ensure that an independent commission to investigate abuses committed by the U.S. government in its “war on terror” is set up.

These three steps are part of a “checklist” of actions Amnesty International is asking the new U.S. President to take during the first 100 days in office.

We have to keep the pressure on, no matter who’s in power!

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40 thoughts on “3 Steps for President Obama

  1. The three steps outlined by Amnesty Intl are excellent and everyone should act on them. My only concern is that a 4th step was not included. That is the elimination of "Don't ask; don't tell" which remains a very blatant form of discrimination.

  2. Hi Bruce,
    I agree with you that "don't ask, don't tell" is blatantly discriminatory and must be ended. And just to be clear, the first three steps above aren't meant to be exhaustive in any sense! Rather they are three essential steps President-elect Obama will need to do to improve the U.S. government's human rights record in the context of the so-called "war on terror." From LGBT rights to Darfur to violence against women to immigrant rights to you name it, AI will be pressuring President-elect Obama to respect, protect and promote human rights in the US and around the world. Thanks for your comment!
    Zeke

  3. The three steps outlined by Amnesty Intl are excellent and everyone should act on them. My only concern is that a 4th step was not included. That is the elimination of “Don’t ask; don’t tell” which remains a very blatant form of discrimination.

  4. Hi Bruce,
    I agree with you that “don’t ask, don’t tell” is blatantly discriminatory and must be ended. And just to be clear, the first three steps above aren’t meant to be exhaustive in any sense! Rather they are three essential steps President-elect Obama will need to do to improve the U.S. government’s human rights record in the context of the so-called “war on terror.” From LGBT rights to Darfur to violence against women to immigrant rights to you name it, AI will be pressuring President-elect Obama to respect, protect and promote human rights in the US and around the world. Thanks for your comment!
    Zeke

  5. I have only recently signed up to this website which was brought about by viewing quite by chance the most graphic abuses committed against our fellow human beings, which included the obscene public crucifixion of an Iranian man on a metal post who was not only videod during his execution but to a crowd who clapped and laughed. I watched women in Aghanistan being stoned to death and others being shot in the head. Beheadings of men for crimes which in the West might elicit a prison term, or none, genital mutilation against CHILDREN in islamic countries, beheadings of Western captives etc., a child beheaded by her father, women being beated up and burned and mutilated in Pakistan, and all videod – I still feel bereft for these poor souls and reporting and working towards stopping this appalling abuse is what I look to Amensty for, not for constantly slagging off the USA. Nothing, I repeat, nothing compares to or disturbs me as much as that which I have mentioned and I trust Amnesty to look beyond the USA for your judgments and criticisms. I believe the US does everything in its power to get things right and to put things right, although all is not well in the West. I do not believe in the death penalty, but when I compare the punishment for horrific crimes committed in the US, to those executed in islamic countries, who do not appear to have committed any crime as we in the West would term crime, there is no comparison. although I am not justifying execution. I am looking to Amnesty to continue to bring to the attention of the world such horrific crimes URGENTLY, as these lost souls are not the first nor will they be the last to die in such horror. I was well aware of such atrocities but nothing has brought it home to me so forcefully and given me such a sense of sorrow and urgency. Unfortunately, much of the western press and news media sanitises or gives no coverage of such videos, and I think this is wrong. I am hoping that Amnesty is not politically biased and is absolutely honest in its reporting and sincere in its efforts to stop worldwide human rights abuses. Those of us who really care about our fellow man need a reliable source of information and a reliable source to help us to promote human rights right across the world, and ACTION, and not only on our own doorstep.

  6. I have only recently signed up to this website which was brought about by viewing quite by chance the most graphic abuses committed against our fellow human beings, which included the obscene public crucifixion of an Iranian man on a metal post who was not only videod during his execution but to a crowd who clapped and laughed. I watched women in Aghanistan being stoned to death and others being shot in the head. Beheadings of men for crimes which in the West might elicit a prison term, or none, genital mutilation against CHILDREN in islamic countries, beheadings of Western captives etc., a child beheaded by her father, women being beated up and burned and mutilated in Pakistan, and all videod – I still feel bereft for these poor souls and reporting and working towards stopping this appalling abuse is what I look to Amensty for, not for constantly slagging off the USA. Nothing, I repeat, nothing compares to or disturbs me as much as that which I have mentioned and I trust Amnesty to look beyond the USA for your judgments and criticisms. I believe the US does everything in its power to get things right and to put things right, although all is not well in the West. I do not believe in the death penalty, but when I compare the punishment for horrific crimes committed in the US, to those executed in islamic countries, who do not appear to have committed any crime as we in the West would term crime, there is no comparison. although I am not justifying execution. I am looking to Amnesty to continue to bring to the attention of the world such horrific crimes URGENTLY, as these lost souls are not the first nor will they be the last to die in such horror. I was well aware of such atrocities but nothing has brought it home to me so forcefully and given me such a sense of sorrow and urgency. Unfortunately, much of the western press and news media sanitises or gives no coverage of such videos, and I think this is wrong. I am hoping that Amnesty is not politically biased and is absolutely honest in its reporting and sincere in its efforts to stop worldwide human rights abuses. Those of us who really care about our fellow man need a reliable source of information and a reliable source to help us to promote human rights right across the world, and ACTION, and not only on our own doorstep.

  7. Hi Anne,
    Thank you for your comment!

    I can reassure you that Amnesty International works to end human rights abuses all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Check out our website, http://www.amnestyusa.org — you can search by theme or by country.

    One other note: ending abuses by the US government is important for ending abuses worldwide. When the US abuses human rights, other countries use it as an excuse to do the same. For better or worse, it seems that no other country influences others to the same extent.

    Best,
    Zeke

  8. Hi Anne,
    Thank you for your comment!

    I can reassure you that Amnesty International works to end human rights abuses all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Check out our website, http://www.amnestyusa.org — you can search by theme or by country.

    One other note: ending abuses by the US government is important for ending abuses worldwide. When the US abuses human rights, other countries use it as an excuse to do the same. For better or worse, it seems that no other country influences others to the same extent.

    Best,
    Zeke

  9. Hi Anne,
    Thank you for your comment!

    I can reassure you that Amnesty International works to end human rights abuses all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Check out our website, http://www.amnestyusa.org — you can search by theme or by country.

    One other note: ending abuses by the US government is important for ending abuses worldwide. When the US abuses human rights, other countries use it as an excuse to do the same. For better or worse, it seems that no other country influences others to the same extent.

    Best,
    Zeke

  10. Hi Anne,
    Thank you for your comment!

    I can reassure you that Amnesty International works to end human rights abuses all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Check out our website, http://www.amnestyusa.org — you can search by theme or by country.

    One other note: ending abuses by the US government is important for ending abuses worldwide. When the US abuses human rights, other countries use it as an excuse to do the same. For better or worse, it seems that no other country influences others to the same extent.

    Best,
    Zeke

  11. Where is the death penalty here?? Why is this not a demand, to abolish it?? This abuse of human rights is as grave as any other torture issue.

  12. Where is the death penalty here?? Why is this not a demand, to abolish it?? This abuse of human rights is as grave as any other torture issue.

  13. Anne-
    It is refreshing to read your post…don't believe all the hype. From my perspective Amnesty International is usually a reputable organization, but they have really wandered off the range on the GTMO issue. We who serve in the military at JTF-GTMO…and those entrusted to guard detainees and take care of them everyday know the truth and if everyone did…this soapbox would vanish.
    If President-Elect Obama knows what is in the best interest of the world, the U.S. and National Security…the radical jihadist terrorists being housed and cared for at GTMO aren't going anywhere….unless it is to another detention facility.
    If others get there way…250 terrorists will be released and able to return to the JIHAD. Those with the knowledge aren't going to allow that to happen.
    God Bless America
    USA Terror-Free since 9-11-2001

  14. Anne-
    It is refreshing to read your post…don’t believe all the hype. From my perspective Amnesty International is usually a reputable organization, but they have really wandered off the range on the GTMO issue. We who serve in the military at JTF-GTMO…and those entrusted to guard detainees and take care of them everyday know the truth and if everyone did…this soapbox would vanish.
    If President-Elect Obama knows what is in the best interest of the world, the U.S. and National Security…the radical jihadist terrorists being housed and cared for at GTMO aren’t going anywhere….unless it is to another detention facility.
    If others get there way…250 terrorists will be released and able to return to the JIHAD. Those with the knowledge aren’t going to allow that to happen.
    God Bless America
    USA Terror-Free since 9-11-2001

  15. MSG U.S. Army:
    Thanks for your comment. You refer to the Guantanamo detainees as "250 terrorists." The problem with this is that we know that many of those who have been detained at Guantanamo since 9/11 have not been terrorists, indeed have not been guilty of anything. This has been amply documented and is apparent even from an examination of the Pentagon's own records. See, for example, the analysis done by Mark and Joshua Denbeaux of Seton Hall University Law School, available at http://law.shu.edu, which used the government's own data to analyze the basis for the detention of each of the detainees. Read about Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, in "Five Years of My Life; An Innocent Man in Guantanamo", who was finally released after the intervention of the German government. Read about Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese whose story is told in "Kafka Comes to America" by Steven Wax. And what about the Chinese Uighurs, who the US government now concedes have no intention to harm the United States but who are still incarcerated at Guantanamo? I believe it's fair to say that no reasonable person (including US government officials) now believes any of these men are terrorists. Yet they were arbitrarily detained in Guantanamo for years and included among those repeatedly labeled "the worst of the worst" by President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

    The problem is these men have been imprisoned with no meaningful due process. Most of them were not detained on any battlefield or in situations of armed conflict. Many of them were turned over to US forces in exchange for lucrative bounties. How can anyone be sure that people apprehended in such circumstances are terrorists or not?

    The purpose of due process is to determine the truth about a person's guilt or innocence and to sort out actual terrorists from those who merely were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When there is no hearing in an impartial forum (and the Combatant Status Review Tribunals are most decidely not impartial forums), there is no way to know whether a person is actually guilty. Only now are some of these men beginning to get their day in court, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision last June. It really saddens me, as an American who loves this country as much as you do, that my government has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into living up to its own stated principles of fairness and justice.
    Gay

  16. MSG U.S. Army:
    Thanks for your comment. You refer to the Guantanamo detainees as "250 terrorists." The problem with this is that we know that many of those who have been detained at Guantanamo since 9/11 have not been terrorists, indeed have not been guilty of anything. This has been amply documented and is apparent even from an examination of the Pentagon's own records. See, for example, the analysis done by Mark and Joshua Denbeaux of Seton Hall University Law School, available at http://law.shu.edu, which used the government's own data to analyze the basis for the detention of each of the detainees. Read about Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, in "Five Years of My Life; An Innocent Man in Guantanamo", who was finally released after the intervention of the German government. Read about Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese whose story is told in "Kafka Comes to America" by Steven Wax. And what about the Chinese Uighurs, who the US government now concedes have no intention to harm the United States but who are still incarcerated at Guantanamo? I believe it's fair to say that no reasonable person (including US government officials) now believes any of these men are terrorists. Yet they were arbitrarily detained in Guantanamo for years and included among those repeatedly labeled "the worst of the worst" by President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

    The problem is these men have been imprisoned with no meaningful due process. Most of them were not detained on any battlefield or in situations of armed conflict. Many of them were turned over to US forces in exchange for lucrative bounties. How can anyone be sure that people apprehended in such circumstances are terrorists or not?

    The purpose of due process is to determine the truth about a person's guilt or innocence and to sort out actual terrorists from those who merely were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When there is no hearing in an impartial forum (and the Combatant Status Review Tribunals are most decidely not impartial forums), there is no way to know whether a person is actually guilty. Only now are some of these men beginning to get their day in court, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision last June. It really saddens me, as an American who loves this country as much as you do, that my government has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into living up to its own stated principles of fairness and justice.
    Gay

  17. MSG U.S. Army:
    Thanks for your comment. You refer to the Guantanamo detainees as "250 terrorists." The problem with this is that we know that many of those who have been detained at Guantanamo since 9/11 have not been terrorists, indeed have not been guilty of anything. This has been amply documented and is apparent even from an examination of the Pentagon's own records. See, for example, the analysis done by Mark and Joshua Denbeaux of Seton Hall University Law School, available at http://law.shu.edu, which used the government's own data to analyze the basis for the detention of each of the detainees. Read about Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, in "Five Years of My Life; An Innocent Man in Guantanamo", who was finally released after the intervention of the German government. Read about Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese whose story is told in "Kafka Comes to America" by Steven Wax. And what about the Chinese Uighurs, who the US government now concedes have no intention to harm the United States but who are still incarcerated at Guantanamo? I believe it's fair to say that no reasonable person (including US government officials) now believes any of these men are terrorists. Yet they were arbitrarily detained in Guantanamo for years and included among those repeatedly labeled "the worst of the worst" by President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

    The problem is these men have been imprisoned with no meaningful due process. Most of them were not detained on any battlefield or in situations of armed conflict. Many of them were turned over to US forces in exchange for lucrative bounties. How can anyone be sure that people apprehended in such circumstances are terrorists or not?

    The purpose of due process is to determine the truth about a person's guilt or innocence and to sort out actual terrorists from those who merely were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When there is no hearing in an impartial forum (and the Combatant Status Review Tribunals are most decidely not impartial forums), there is no way to know whether a person is actually guilty. Only now are some of these men beginning to get their day in court, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision last June. It really saddens me, as an American who loves this country as much as you do, that my government has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into living up to its own stated principles of fairness and justice.
    Gay

  18. MSG U.S. Army:
    Thanks for your comment. You refer to the Guantanamo detainees as “250 terrorists.” The problem with this is that we know that many of those who have been detained at Guantanamo since 9/11 have not been terrorists, indeed have not been guilty of anything. This has been amply documented and is apparent even from an examination of the Pentagon’s own records. See, for example, the analysis done by Mark and Joshua Denbeaux of Seton Hall University Law School, available at http://law.shu.edu, which used the government’s own data to analyze the basis for the detention of each of the detainees. Read about Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, in “Five Years of My Life; An Innocent Man in Guantanamo”, who was finally released after the intervention of the German government. Read about Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese whose story is told in “Kafka Comes to America” by Steven Wax. And what about the Chinese Uighurs, who the US government now concedes have no intention to harm the United States but who are still incarcerated at Guantanamo? I believe it’s fair to say that no reasonable person (including US government officials) now believes any of these men are terrorists. Yet they were arbitrarily detained in Guantanamo for years and included among those repeatedly labeled “the worst of the worst” by President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

    The problem is these men have been imprisoned with no meaningful due process. Most of them were not detained on any battlefield or in situations of armed conflict. Many of them were turned over to US forces in exchange for lucrative bounties. How can anyone be sure that people apprehended in such circumstances are terrorists or not?

    The purpose of due process is to determine the truth about a person’s guilt or innocence and to sort out actual terrorists from those who merely were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When there is no hearing in an impartial forum (and the Combatant Status Review Tribunals are most decidely not impartial forums), there is no way to know whether a person is actually guilty. Only now are some of these men beginning to get their day in court, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision last June. It really saddens me, as an American who loves this country as much as you do, that my government has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into living up to its own stated principles of fairness and justice.
    Gay

  19. Gay-
    Thanks for acknowledging my post.
    You mentioned the Uighurs and they are a very interesting group of people and if the U.S. Gov't had a county to send them to (China is certainly not an option I'm sure you are educated enough to realize why) it would. Many were sent to Albania and I can only speculate what kind of deal must have been struck between the State Dept and Albania to make that happen. As far as the rest of the non-enemy combatant Uighurs go…they are being very well taken care of just as the rest of the detainees are and as soon as a safe and trusted country is willing to take them they will no longer be detained.
    The CSRTs and Annual Review Boards are made up of 3 detailed Military Officers that are infact impartial. In no way has any ever been persuaded or threatened with any kind of adverse action for reviewing each case and making an independant finding and recommendation. Even prior to the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act and the Supreme Courts unwise 5-4 ruling in Boumediene…no enemy combatant in the history of U.S. Conflicts have had as many rights and recourses as those currently detaineed down at GTMO.
    Besides the legality of the U.S. Govt / Department of Defense detaining enemy combatants at a time of Armed Conflict…I take issue with Amnesty International traveling around the country with a "model cell" which is actually reserved for detainees that headbut, byte, throw urine and feces on guards and threaten female Soldiers with rape. It is not consistent with the living conditions of the detainees that follow camp rules and are not a threat to Service Members. Many detainees live in openbay – barracks style environment. Library, Movies, Better Health Care then the majority of U.S. Citizens, Rec Time, Mail, Lawyer visits, International Committee of Red Cross access, special requests (comfort items, diets/food, etc…) are the NORM… None of that is explained to the public who is being led to believe the detainees are not being taken care of, are tortured, and living "incognito" 24/7 in a tiny cell. It is shameful and fuels ignorance and fuels our enemies as well as those around the world that might not otherwise turn to the JIHAD etc…
    Continued peace and blessings to you Gay. Happy Thanksgiving.
    U.S.A. Terror Free since 9-11-2001

  20. Gay-
    Thanks for acknowledging my post.
    You mentioned the Uighurs and they are a very interesting group of people and if the U.S. Gov’t had a county to send them to (China is certainly not an option I’m sure you are educated enough to realize why) it would. Many were sent to Albania and I can only speculate what kind of deal must have been struck between the State Dept and Albania to make that happen. As far as the rest of the non-enemy combatant Uighurs go…they are being very well taken care of just as the rest of the detainees are and as soon as a safe and trusted country is willing to take them they will no longer be detained.
    The CSRTs and Annual Review Boards are made up of 3 detailed Military Officers that are infact impartial. In no way has any ever been persuaded or threatened with any kind of adverse action for reviewing each case and making an independant finding and recommendation. Even prior to the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act and the Supreme Courts unwise 5-4 ruling in Boumediene…no enemy combatant in the history of U.S. Conflicts have had as many rights and recourses as those currently detaineed down at GTMO.
    Besides the legality of the U.S. Govt / Department of Defense detaining enemy combatants at a time of Armed Conflict…I take issue with Amnesty International traveling around the country with a “model cell” which is actually reserved for detainees that headbut, byte, throw urine and feces on guards and threaten female Soldiers with rape. It is not consistent with the living conditions of the detainees that follow camp rules and are not a threat to Service Members. Many detainees live in openbay – barracks style environment. Library, Movies, Better Health Care then the majority of U.S. Citizens, Rec Time, Mail, Lawyer visits, International Committee of Red Cross access, special requests (comfort items, diets/food, etc…) are the NORM… None of that is explained to the public who is being led to believe the detainees are not being taken care of, are tortured, and living “incognito” 24/7 in a tiny cell. It is shameful and fuels ignorance and fuels our enemies as well as those around the world that might not otherwise turn to the JIHAD etc…
    Continued peace and blessings to you Gay. Happy Thanksgiving.
    U.S.A. Terror Free since 9-11-2001

  21. Great to see MSG US Army found his way to the new blog (from the Cell Tour blog, I presume) and is contributing anew! Mr MSG: not all people in the US armed forces agree with you. One anecdote from the Cell Tour: two Naval recruiters in full dress uniform came up to me and said they agree with AI's position 100% and that many people they know in the armed forces do too.
    So, playing the "military card" can cut either way.
    Cheers,
    Zeke
    PS I'm on vacation, in Jordan: great country, spectacular sites (Petra!) and very welcoming people. Highly recommended.

  22. Great to see MSG US Army found his way to the new blog (from the Cell Tour blog, I presume) and is contributing anew! Mr MSG: not all people in the US armed forces agree with you. One anecdote from the Cell Tour: two Naval recruiters in full dress uniform came up to me and said they agree with AI’s position 100% and that many people they know in the armed forces do too.
    So, playing the “military card” can cut either way.
    Cheers,
    Zeke
    PS I’m on vacation, in Jordan: great country, spectacular sites (Petra!) and very welcoming people. Highly recommended.

  23. Enjoy your vacation!

    Not "playing" any military card…not "playing" anything. Just stating facts. It is not the grim…gloomy…torture dungeon of a place people have and continue to be led to believe.

    Take care Zeke, enjoy the vacation! I'm sure you have earned it.

    Continued peace and blessings to you!
    U.S.A. Terror Free Since 9-11-2001

  24. Enjoy your vacation!

    Not “playing” any military card…not “playing” anything. Just stating facts. It is not the grim…gloomy…torture dungeon of a place people have and continue to be led to believe.

    Take care Zeke, enjoy the vacation! I’m sure you have earned it.

    Continued peace and blessings to you!
    U.S.A. Terror Free Since 9-11-2001

  25. It's nice to see that none of you have your facts right. The Seton Hall Study has already been discredited, as the only criteria used for it are through open sources and the internet. All the human rights people can do as many "studies" and submit as many questionaires to former detainees as you want. How naive of you to think they are telling you the truth. They lied to us about the true scope of their activities during interrogations and to actually beleive they are all of a sudden telling the truth proves how gullible you peple really are. All of the detainees use the "i'm just a farmer" cover story. They are taught several cover stories during their training….read the Al Qaeda training manual, also known as the Manchester Document, Chapters 17 & 22. If all you bleeding heart liberals are successful in getting your socialist political agenda through Washington be prepared for the consequences. Those consequences will be another attack on the U.S. larger than 9-11. Not if, but, when that happens, I am personally holding all of the human rights and detainee lawyers responsible. For MSG U.S. Army, I am honored and proud to serve with you in the U.S. military. I also want to applaud your professionalism, dedication, and patriotism for your duty as a guard for detainees. I know what the detainees do to the guards everyday and the guards conduct their duties with honor and integrity. Just the opposite of the detainees.

  26. It’s nice to see that none of you have your facts right. The Seton Hall Study has already been discredited, as the only criteria used for it are through open sources and the internet. All the human rights people can do as many “studies” and submit as many questionaires to former detainees as you want. How naive of you to think they are telling you the truth. They lied to us about the true scope of their activities during interrogations and to actually beleive they are all of a sudden telling the truth proves how gullible you peple really are. All of the detainees use the “i’m just a farmer” cover story. They are taught several cover stories during their training….read the Al Qaeda training manual, also known as the Manchester Document, Chapters 17 & 22. If all you bleeding heart liberals are successful in getting your socialist political agenda through Washington be prepared for the consequences. Those consequences will be another attack on the U.S. larger than 9-11. Not if, but, when that happens, I am personally holding all of the human rights and detainee lawyers responsible. For MSG U.S. Army, I am honored and proud to serve with you in the U.S. military. I also want to applaud your professionalism, dedication, and patriotism for your duty as a guard for detainees. I know what the detainees do to the guards everyday and the guards conduct their duties with honor and integrity. Just the opposite of the detainees.

  27. Hey MSG:
    Is that you posting as "Anonymous?!" I thought so, haha! Here's to a happy New Year of blog commenting!
    Best,
    - Zeke

  28. Hey MSG:
    Is that you posting as “Anonymous?!” I thought so, haha! Here’s to a happy New Year of blog commenting!
    Best,
    - Zeke

  29. Happy New Year!
    No, I'm not Mr. or Mrs. "Anonymous" and I don't go around praising myself!!! HAHA

    I am glad they participated. Having read other blogs it is apparent others who feel the same find the way to this website and voice opinions/concerns. One of them got shutdown it appears (The one concerning "No Justification Keeping GITMO Open")…Perhaps too many posts from the other side of the issue? That is a good thing…and may educate some people.

    It is unfortunate the one-sided and distorted picture being painted and the false impression people have about GITMO.

    For the record – based on my experience – I don't believe most members of AI have a socialist agenda – and for the most part AI is doing good work throughout the world. I just stand on the other side of the GITMO issue.

    Continued Peace and Blessings to you!
    U.S.A. Terror Free Since 9-11-2001

    Anonymous-
    If you are reading, thanks for the insightful post, the kudos and your service.

  30. Happy New Year!
    No, I’m not Mr. or Mrs. “Anonymous” and I don’t go around praising myself!!! HAHA

    I am glad they participated. Having read other blogs it is apparent others who feel the same find the way to this website and voice opinions/concerns. One of them got shutdown it appears (The one concerning “No Justification Keeping GITMO Open”)…Perhaps too many posts from the other side of the issue? That is a good thing…and may educate some people.

    It is unfortunate the one-sided and distorted picture being painted and the false impression people have about GITMO.

    For the record – based on my experience – I don’t believe most members of AI have a socialist agenda – and for the most part AI is doing good work throughout the world. I just stand on the other side of the GITMO issue.

    Continued Peace and Blessings to you!
    U.S.A. Terror Free Since 9-11-2001

    Anonymous-
    If you are reading, thanks for the insightful post, the kudos and your service.

  31. He need to also release immigration detainees .My friend husband as been detained since august of 2008,separating him from his 4 young children and wife.

  32. He need to also release immigration detainees .My friend husband as been detained since august of 2008,separating him from his 4 young children and wife.