President Obama Holds First Ever Ceremony And Vetoes The NDAA
… the third thing is that this legislation specifically impeded our ability to close Guantanamo in a way that I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world. Guantanamo is one of the premiere mechanisms for jihadists to recruit. It’s time for us to close it. It is outdated; it’s expensive; it’s been there for years. And we can do better in terms of keeping our people safe while making sure that we are consistent with our values.
After years of following Reprieve‘s lead in fighting for the individual releases of GITMO detainees, the president’s words are music to my ears.
The far right fear mongers will likely screech like howler monkeys to override the veto and keep GITMO open, so please sign this Amnesty petition and share this post to show support for the president’s decision. We’ve done despicable things in Guantánamo, and it’s time to stop. Thank you.
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) demonstrates Guantanamo force-feeding Standard Operating Procedure
Yasiin Bey appears in a video launched today demonstrating the Standard Operating Procedure for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.