On Guantanamo’s Anniversary

As I wrote a week ago, today is the sixth anniversary of the opening of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay for “enemy combatants.” Not prisoners of war with legal rights accorded the Geneva Conventions, but enemy combatants who exist in some sort of legal black hole.

The ACLU has asked that people wear orange today, in a show of solidarity and to raise awareness Guantanamo.

This article at DailyKos goes into great detail on the situation at Guantanamo — how it was set up, the things that have happened there, and the need to close it.

Guantanamo, a place seemingly set apart from American laws and traditions, is antithetical to our history and our moral fibre. To borrow a line from V for Vendetta, there’s something terribly wrong with this country that something like Guantanamo can happen. Guantanamo isn’t about law and justice; Guantanamo is about fear and power.

It’s time to close Guantanamo.

Wear orange.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *