2 Main Obstacles to Closing Guantánamo (and the solution)

Eight years ago today the Bush regime opened their detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  It went on to become a notorious symbol of the torture and racism that people the world over associated with the U.S. “war on terror.”Protesters in jumpsuits represent Guantanamo detainees "Cleared for Release"

As we mark this anniversary, many people hoped Barack Obama’s promise to close Guantánamo by Jan 22, 2010 would close that chapter.  But there are 2 things in the way of that:

1) Regardless of the president’s expressed intention to close Guantánamo “in the interests of justice,” his administration is holding on to indefinite detention and even proposing preventive detention; killing more civilians with unmanned drones than Bush did; and expanding the Bush arguments for executive powers.  The lunatics in Congress who say that “all terrorists are Muslim,” therefore, any repression is justified against whole countries have all the initiative and will not allow even a symbolic closing of one part of the US torture state.

2) If one wanted to stop the abuse it would be necessary to prosecute and hold accountable the crimes against humanity commited by the Bush regime, and Obama has said he will not.

At the same time, the torture, the cover-ups and the justifications of it are so heinous, and continue to create such outrage from the populations the U.S. occupations seek to pacify, that  the spectre of scandal still looms over the whole enterprise of the so-called “war on terror.”

The righteous indignation — and opposition — of a people who says “no, not in our name!” expressed with visible, public determination could create a situation where more people see Obama’s Guantánamo as illegitmate.  And that’s where we come in.

Also see: Guantamano Turns 8 While More Lives Slip Away

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  1. #1 by Joanna on January 11, 2010 - 8:28 am

    Guantanamo is just a symbol of the vile torture mindset of our country’s leaders. Closing it will merely remove the torture issue to other undisclosed locations. Out of sight, out of mind. Unless
    we stop the death and distruction policy of our once great nation, we sign our own death warrant along with the countries we savage. Stop this insane war!

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