According to UN investigations in 2010
there are more than 27,000 prisoners held by the U.S. in more
than 100 secret prisons around the world and on 17 ships as
floating prisons. These are almost entirely Muslim prisoners.
According to Center for Constitutional
Rights 92% of the prisoners held just at Guantanamo are not
“Al-Qaeda fighters” by the U.S. government’s own records and
22 were under 18 years of age when captured.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed one of the 5 now
on trial at Guantanamo was subjected to water board torture 183
times. He wore a camouflaged vest to court to make the point that he
was once part of the U.S. armed and paid mujahideen force in Afghanistan in
1980s and U.S. proxy army in Bosnia in 1990s. The U.S. can be expected to
treat its proxy army in Syria and Libya in the same way.
U.S. government targeted kidnappings and
assassinations are today continued through daily drone attacks with
Hellfire missiles in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan,
Mali and as far as the Philippines. Again thousands of civilians, including
youth and women are among the victims.
President Obama had promised to close
Guantanamo Prison as one of his first acts as president in 2009. Yesterday it
was decided instead to close the office and eliminate
the special envoy Daniel Fried whose role was to close the prison
at Guantanamo. Daniel Fried's role will now be to
intensify the sanctions on Iran and Syria.
Close Guantanamo and ALL U.S.
secret prisons! End the drone wars! End the Sanctions!