Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The first prisoners arrived at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2002. Guantánamo quickly became an international embarrassment. It has made a mockery of our laws and values for six long years. We won’t allow seven; this is the year we are going to end the national disgrace
Nationwide, the ACLU has set January 11th as a day of protest, declaring that it’s long past time that we put an end to illegality and close down Guantánamo. The ACLU and organizations across the country are asking people of conscience to wear orange to protest Guantánamo. I hope you will consider standing in solidarity by wearing orange on Friday as well.
Guantánamo is a reminder that fundamental values of justice and fairness can sometimes be violated by the very government entrusted with upholding them. That’s why we hope you will get involved in one of the following ways:
Pledge to stand up for American ideals and values. Sign the Pledge. And ask your friends to get involved.
Throughout this week, there will be events across the country- protests, prayer vigils, marches, and more - to bring focus to the injustices being perpetrated at Guantánamo.
Check out the materials we have available online: you can print out a poster and fact sheet, download a blog badge and get a toolkit with tools and tips on how to get further involved on January 11th.
We’re running online ads on over 100 blogs to raise awareness and ignite further activism in new audiences. If you have a blog, please consider downloading and posting a badge, and blog about closing Guantánamo this week. Let us know about your blog and we’ll keep you on the inside track with updates, interviews and additional resources.
Guantánamo has become a stain on our nation’s honor. That is why it is so important you join the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are demanding the closure of the prison at Guantánamo on January 11th.
Thank you for standing with people of conscience to demand the US government close Guantánamo once and for all.
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director ACLU
P.S. There is so much more we can do to spread the word and encourage others to join in this protest. Check here for more ways to get involved.
© ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004
Now here is a form of protest that we, at TLB Prime, can condone wholeheartedly.
What should never be condoned are atrocities committed in the name of "justice" or "liberty" - and truly for a whole lot of ulterior motives...
America is not the land of the free and home of the brave, right now.
Rather, these days, it is the land of the opportunistic and home of the scheming and deceiving.
Scholars have often battled over who exactly rounds up the dreaded Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; whether it truly is "Famine" that fills up the roster, alongside "War", "Pestilence" and "Death". Or whether it truly is a whole different concept there - the Horseman that baffles ALL (and almost, by the same token, description as well) that has to be called... "Deception".
Alternatively, some have called that Horseman, "Conquest"...
Either way, it befits the America of today.
America, under the current administration that is, mercifully, nearing its end at long last, *is* that Horseman, folks.
For they have deceived, in hopes of conquering - and if they have failed at the latter task, it is not for lack of trying...!
And all of it was done in the name of near-sighted, short-term goals...
Certainly not "justice" nor "liberty"...
Neither is part of "the American way" right now.
It is simply proving the old adage: history's lessons are lost on those who wield absolute power. For absolute power corrupts absolutely.
All the moreso when you are "Dubya" and you are but a puppet of other interests...
America is simply going through the same routine every other empire went through - on its last throes.
A new administration - be it built around a Barack Obama, an Hilary Clinton, a Mitt Romney, a Mike Huckabee, a John Edwards, a John McCain or anyone else - will not be any different.
Because none can stop what is destined to be.
America and Islam are on a collision course, people.
It is inevitable.
And everybody else on the planet will be perceived to be in the expendable bystanders category.
They will take no prisoners - no, sir.
They might as well proceed with the closure of the prison of prison at Guantánamo this month - yes... What, with the treatment prisoners get, and all the *other* choices out there, you can bet that generals in BOTH camps that will be engaged eventually (whoever is America's adversary - the first one at any rate) will be found suggesting to indeed take NO prisoners anymore...
Instead, they will throw everything they've got at the enemy - short of nuclear devices, of course.
Chemical and biological weapons would not leave much to "make prisoner" afterwards...
And those are the cost-efficient ways of the future - as far as waging war is concerned.
Aye, no more prisoners - in the prison at Guantánamo or anywhere else.
Better not - judging by what they do to them once they're nabbed...
I expect both sides to be the same in that department - if not many others as well, strangely enough...
But that is another story...