David Cole of the Nation tells us of the horrible legacy that Gitmo has left us:
But in another way, Guantánamo is a deeper problem today than it ever was. No longer a temporary exception, it has become a permanent fixture in our national firmament. And although at one time we could blame President George W. Bush’s unilateral assertions of unchecked executive power for the abuses there, the continuing problem that is Guantánamo today is shared by all three government branches, and ultimately by all Americans. With President Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve, the prison is sure to be with us—and its prisoners sure to continue in their legal limbo—for the indefinite future.
And now, thanks to Matthew Daloisio of Witness Against Torture, here is a roundup of Gitmo protests.
– Protesters Mark Guantanamo Prison’s 10th Anniversary (Reuters)
– Protesters Condemn Guantanamo Bay on 10th Anniversary with March from White House (Washington Post)
– Guantanamo’s 10th Anniversary Marked by Protests (Voice of America)
– Gitmo 10 Years on: So Much for Closure (Video and article from Russia Today)
– Opponents Start Guantánamo Prison’s Second Decade with Jumpsuit Protests (Miami Herald)
– Hundreds Protest on 10th Anniversary of Guantanamo Prison (LA Times)
– Activists at Rally Call on Obama to Keep Promise, Shutter Guantanamo Bay (CNN)
– Rights Groups Protest to Mark Gitmo Decade (Seattle Times)
– Guantanamo 10th Anniversary Protests: Demonstrators March From White House To Supreme Court (Photos from the Huffington Post)