Osama bid Laden may be dead, but the War on Terror is still being used as an excuse to sacrifice our values and our rights.
On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed a bill into law that gives him and future presidents the power to use the U.S. military to pick up and indefinitely detain civilians accused of supporting terrorism — including American citizens — anywhere in the world without charges and without a trial.
This represents a further entrenchment of the Guantanamo mindset that jettisons our most cherished values and our constitutional rights all in the name of national security.
The president and all members of Congress need to see that Americans are outraged by the support in all three branches of government for this outrageous attack on our constitutional rights.
Even if your representative or your senators voted against the bill that allows indefinite detention, they need to hear from you.1
What’s more, they need to see a groundswell of support behind a renewed effort to shut down the shameful American gulag at Guantanamo.
Guantanamo is a black mark on our national conscience that started under George W. Bush in the wake of 9-11. But it has only continued, despite promises to the contrary, under President Obama.
Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It’s long past time we shut it down.
Indefinite detention without charges or trial is fundamentally contrary to the democratic values that our system of government rests upon.
For that reason alone, President Obama could have and should have vetoed legislation that prevented the closure of Guantanamo and allowed for the indefinite military detention of American citizens.
But Congress also must shoulder much of the blame.
There is a disturbing degree of elite consensus that the War on Terror justifies rolling back our civil liberties and our obligations under the Geneva Conventions.
While there are many elected officials who to their credit have spoken out against this, the recent defense bill that allows for the indefinite military detention of Americans passed with large, bi-partisan majorities in both chambers of Congress.
The worst thing we can do in the face of this is remain silent.
We need to speak up and make sure that our elected officials know we are watching, and we must demand that they live up to the best of our nation’s values.
Tell President Obama and Congress: Close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Thank you for speaking out.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets