News from Guantanamo: ACTION NEEDED!
There was a great turnout to hear Bill Goodman and Sarah Mehta on a snowy Friday night in Detroit.
Members of local group #78, the Detroit Activist Network, and the UDM Law School AI group joined with the ACLU Metro Detroit Branch, the UDM Law School ACLU Student Group, the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, the American Constitution Society and friends to learn first hand about the injustices of Guantanamo.
Bill Goodman spoke about his leadership at the Center for Constitutional Rights which led the legal challenges on behalf of the detainees, as well as his experience protesting at Guantanamo on the Cuban side of the border for the fifth anniversary.
Sarah Mehta spoke from her experience as one of the human rights observers that was allowed to witness a military commission at Guantanamo. She shared her memories of being shocked and dismayed by a lack of any sense of actual justice at the commission. She told us that the governments "smoking gun" evidence was an hour-long video of another person, who had no link to the defendant, spewing anti-American vitriol.
Ten Years after the first "enemy-combatant" detainees were brought to Guantanamo, and over three years since President Obama promised to close the detention center, the News from Guantanamo is that we the people are going to have to take action, since so far the government has failed us. Please take a moment to sign this petition to the President: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/