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June 10, 2005

"Shut Down Gitmo"

American Progress Action Fund gives its reasons for Bush-war to close Gitmo:

It’s well past time for President Bush to shut down the prison and interrogation center at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. The ongoing controversy about the administration’s treatment of prisoners at Gitmo has fueled massive resistance to the U.S. in the Arab world and set back our fight against terrorism. This national shame and tragedy must be ended as soon as possible.

The FBI and Pentagon have confirmed prisoner abuses and religious degradation at Guantanamo Bay. A high-level investigation by the FBI concluded that “several prisoners were mistreated or humiliated, perhaps illegally.” Just last week, the Pentagon admitted "that soldiers and interrogators kicked the Muslim holy book, got copies wet, stood on a Koran during an interrogation and inadvertently sprayed urine on another copy," according to the Washington Post.

The Bush administration continues to ignore the obvious: Abuse is happening and Guantanamo has undermined our efforts to fight terrorism. President Bush has said that concerns about abuse at Guantanamo are based on allegations made by "people who were held in detention, people who hate America.” Despite mounting evidence of systemic problems at the Guantanamo Bay prison, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters the same day, "I know of no one in the U.S. Government, in the executive branch, that is considering closing Guantanamo."

Shutting down the prison is the smart and moral course of action. For many in the Muslim world, Guantanamo has become the symbol of American hypocrisy and has come to define the actions of the United States. Americans should never tolerate abuses perpetrated in their name. Our moral authority, honor, and national security are all on the line and Americans should demand that Gitmo be closed as soon as possible, and the prisoners should be either prosecuted or returned to their home countries.

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