On January 11, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, the ACLU of Massachusetts will hold a procession and vigil in downtown Boston demanding the closure of Guantánamo prison.
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Six years ago on January 11, the first prisoners arrived at the notorious Guantánamo Bay prison camp.
The Bush Administration has told us that Guantánamo is for "the worst of the worst" terrorism suspects -- yet many of the detainees were seized by militia and warlords, and handed over to the U.S. in exchange for large cash bounties. Only five percent of Guantánamo detainees were actually captured by U.S. forces, and after six years, zero trials have been completed.
The reality is that Guantánamo Bay has become one of the worst stains on our country's reputation. Guantánamo embodies some of the very things the U.S. was founded to prevent: indefinite detention, the use of secret evidence, and torture.
One of our New Year's resolutions should be to close Guantánamo. We should demand that the Administration either charge the prisoners in Guantánamo and put them on trial, or set them free.
The ACLU has taken a lead in working to close Guantánamo, and you can help. Whether you have just one minute, five minutes, 15 minutes, or more, there's something you can do to help ensure that Guantánamo and all U.S.-run secret prisons are closed in 2008:
As 2008 begins, help us close this dark chapter of American history. Help us shut down Guantánamo Bay.
Director of Education