As the mother of a 9/11 victim, I want justice – not Guantanamo


By Phyllis Rodriguez, Activist and mother of 9/11 Victim Greg Rodriguez

My son Greg was 31 years old and worked on the 103rd floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

I first learned he was there on the morning of September 11. But it wasn’t until 36 hours later that I learned he had perished. Through the shock and pain of my grief, I was afraid of what our government was going to do in the name of my son and my family.

I felt that causing suffering to others in the name of my son and the almost 3,000 people who died that day would make things worse for us and the world. In some ways, my fears were realized.

Today, the detention site at Guantanamo begins its 15th year of existence. We need 100,000 people to send this message to President Obama through Close Guantanamo.

There are 104 detainees still in Guantanamo. Most of them have been held without charge for more than decade. They face the prospect of dying behind locked doors, without ever having been tried for a crime.

At least 29 of them were held in “black sites”, or secret detention centers, before being transferred to Guantanamo. Many if not all of these individuals were tortured – sexually abused, beaten, forced into coffin-shaped boxes, hung from the wall wearing only diapers and made to feel they were literally suffocating to death.

Amnesty International USA activists protest the 10th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, Washington DC, USA, 11 January 2012.

Amnesty International USA activists protest the 10th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, Washington DC, USA, 11 January 2012.

The cycle of violence will never end unless we put a stop to it. Guantanamo cannot provide us justice. And I do not want politicians to use my son’s memory as justification for keeping people at Guantanamo.

This is a shameful period of our history. And it’s gone on far too long.

Join me in telling President Obama: Not in my name. It’s time to close Guantanamo. If 100,000 people take this action by the end of the month, the rules state that the White House will have to issue a response.

After you take the action at, please be sure to verify your email address or it won’t count. We must reach 100,000 verified signatures. We must close Guantanamo.

Thank you for your support.


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15 thoughts on “As the mother of a 9/11 victim, I want justice – not Guantanamo

  1. Please close Guantanamo…It cant help us to bring justice it just makes the things more bad..We cant be the same as those people who did that(whoever they were) we are more better i still believe in humanity i always do and i will so please do something quickly

  2. Please close Guantanamo. We must stop the cycle of violence. In the words of Martin Luther King "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". Please stop this injustice. This is NOT the values of the United States.

  3. Mostly as the mother of a 911 victim I want justice not guantanamo very impressive. This amnestyusa blog always giving us about name of my son and almost in some ways my fears were realized.

  4. No less than 29 of them were held in "dark destinations", or mystery detainment focuses, before being exchanged to Guantanamo. Many if not these people were tormented – sexually manhandled, beaten, constrained into casket formed boxes.

  5. We should close Guantánamo. We are better I still believe in humanity. Move the defendants into transparent, fair trials and release the rest, ending years of incarceration for those who molder in prison without charge.

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