Sunday, May 22, 2022

Under the Torture Convention statements made while tortured should not be used....

 I have been a little slow to get this up but I was glad to see my senator (Durbin) and senator Leahy push Biden on what he is going to do about the men at Guantanamo who were tortured and made statements. The bottom line is that those statements should not be used.

This is from their statement and press release:

Durbin, Leahy Seek Clarification of Administration's Position on Use of Torture-Derived Evidence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, are calling on the Biden Administration to uphold U.S. obligations under the Torture Convention by putting an end to the repeated efforts by Guantanamo military commission prosecutors to use evidence derived from torture.  Guantanamo Bay military commission prosecutors again argued in court that evidence obtained through torture can be used in the capital case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is currently being held at Guantanamo.  In a letter to Attorney General Garland, Defense Secretary Austin, and Secretary of State Blinken, the Senators argue that, despite the Administration’s pledge to “eradicate torture in all its forms,” the military commission prosecutors are not adhering to U.S. obligations.

READ THE REST HERE.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sunday, May 8, 2022

TO SAEED'S MOTHER AND THE MOTHER OF ALL THE DISAPPEARED

 I am not sure if my client's mother is still alive. I hope she is and I hope she will welcome Saeed with open arms.









Tuesday, May 3, 2022

From Roger Fitch and Our Friends Down Under at Justinian

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When tiring of Trump's unpunished crimes, we can reflect upon those of George Bush, and one of Mr Bush's greatest crimes, official government torture, is back in the news. 

In March, the supreme court decided Zubaydah, accepting the government's "state secrets" claim which blocked the testimony of CIA contractors accused of torture.

Captured by the FBI and CIA, Abu Zubaydah was the first to endure the CIA's "Enhanced Interrogation" (Gestapo "verschärfte Vernehmung"), a program for the systematic torture of "war of terror" prisoners. 

 Zubaydah spent four-and-a-half years in CIA torture camps operated at sundry sites including Thailand, Poland and Lithuania (both paid damages), and Guantánamo. He's been held now for 20 years.

The FBI agents John Kiriakou, who led the capture of Zubaydah, and Ali Soufan, who first interviewed him, opposed the takeover of the case by the CIA, who sent Zubaydah to Thailand for "interrogation" by  James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen

Water-boarding began, Zubaydah nearly died, and no productive intelligence was derived. Nevertheless, water-board torture continued under the new camp director, Gina Haspel

Later, when Zubaydah was held in Poland, the morbidly-curious CIA agent Alfreda Bikowsky made an unauthorised visit just to see him being tortured. 

Where are they all now? John Kiriakou is out of prison (another story) and blogging on Zubaydah. Ali Soufan heads the Soufan Group security consultancy, and sponsors Fordham Law's Center on National Security, and Mitchell and Jessen aren't testifying in Poland's investigation, thanks to the supreme court.

Gina Haspel, since rewarded as Trump's CIA director, advises King & Spalding clients on cybersecurity.

Scheuer: torture team

And Alfreda Bikowsky? Since retiring, the Agency's "Queen of Torture" has been hawking beauty products and life advice for a living. The fabled red-haired member of the Agency's torture team, now married to the equally-odious torture team member Michael Scheuer, recently gave an unrepentant interview to Reuters

Is this a great country, or what? 

READ THE REST OF FITCH HERE

Monday, May 2, 2022

Andy Worthington discusses my client

 Historian Andy Worthington has long chronicled the lives of the men that have been held at Guantanamo. In fact, his book The Guantanamo files- was a must read for all of the Guantanamo attorneys as we worked through our cases and tried to learn as much as we could about our clients. We all had our own copies and a couple extra copies could always be found at the "secure facility" - the place where we worked on the classified aspects of our clients' court cases. Today, Andy again focuses on my client, Saeed Bakhouch. Andy, with his vast resources was the one to let me know a week or so ago that Saeed had finally been cleared for release. It is only appropriate that he be the one to tell this story. Read it here.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Finally the beginning of the end

 Probably by the time Mr. Bakhouch is actually released he will have passed the 20th anniversary of his arrival at Guantanamo. I will have a lot more to say about this travesty in the weeks and months to come but for now I will just celebrate this small step.

You can look at the barebones release notice here.

h/o to Andy Worthington for getting word to me


It is my client now!


 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

NOT MY CLIENT!

 Congrats to Mr. Barhoumi- an Algerian held without charge at Guantanomo for 20 years. My Algerian client continues to languish at Guantanamo-without charge and also for 20 years.

I hope my client will be next-- as Studs Terkel was fond of saying "hope dies last."

Read more about the release of Mr. Barhoumi here.

Friday, April 1, 2022

From Roger Fitch and our friends down under. 4.1.2022

 

The Ginni and Clarence Show

Wife of Supreme Court justice actively involved in political issues before the court ... Mrs Thomas - a conspiracy theorist and extremist who wants to overthrow the 2020 election results ... Clarence Thomas a poor quality court appointment ... The race issue ... Anita Hill ... Conflicts ... Failure to recuse ... Further blight on an already damaged US Supreme Court ... Roger Fitch reports 

"Do not concede. It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back"

"Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters,etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition" - emails of Ginni Thomas (Mrs Clarence), to Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff. 


READ THE REST HERE.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Torture 101 with live students...

 Seems my country's CIA wanted to teach its students how to torture people in real time. We now know about at least one of those men- still held at Guantanamo-

A man detained by the CIA in Afghanistan was used by US interrogators teaching torture techniques, leaving him with brain damage, a declassified document has revealed.

The 2008 report, by the agency’s inspector general, stated that Ammar Al Baluchi, one of five men charged over 9/11, was repeatedly slammed into a plywood wall so trainees could receive “certification”.

All “the interrogation students lined up to ’wall’ Ammar” so the lead interrogator, identified only as “NX2”, could assess their techniques, the report said.

Read the rest here

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

From Roger Fitch and our friends down under.3.23.22

 Bad news from SCOTUS ... Vaccines, climate and discrimination ... State secrets privilege applied in torture cases ... Partisan courts ... Forum shopping for flexible federal judges ... Political control of the state courts ... From Roger Fitch in Washington 

Bad decisions are flowing from the newly-stacked supreme court: notably, a decision overturning Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations requiring employers to vaccinate employees. These unexceptional workplace regulations were blocked on grounds not found in the OSHA statute. American Prospect has more.

A case implicating climate change is now on the court's radar, threatening not only the EPA's authority to regulate, but the ability of Congress to delegate regulatory power to executive agencies. There's now a speculative Phantom Docket that reflexively questions administrative expertise

While undermining benign health regulations, the court may be contemplating new legal loopholes, e.g, a "homophobia exemption" from anti-discrimination law.

Sadly, the court backed the government in appeals supporting the "state secrets" privilege: CIA torture (Zubaydah's) and FBI surveillance (Muslim).  

An import from English law, the privilege was unknown in US law until 1953, when it was fabricated by the government and accepted by the supreme court. In US v Reynolds, the court found state secrets were an implied extension of executive privilege, another modern invention.

The Reynolds privilege afterwards proved to be falsely-claimed to conceal military negligence, yet the precedent remains, an absolute, unqualified rule of evidence

In Zubaydah, the government pleaded "state secrets" to block testimony by the psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, in the Poles' investigation of the CIA facility in their country. The men were employed by the CIA to devise the torture program used against Zubaydah.

The CIA's Polish torture camp is no secret, and was described in the Senate Torture Report.  

Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch vigorously dissented, with Gorsuch rightly characterising the state secret claim as seeking a judicial "rubber stamp" to avoid "further embarrassment for past misdeeds" of the government. 

Poland has already been forced to pay Zubaydah damages for collusion in his CIA detention and torture,  (so has Lithuania) and it's now following up with an investigation ordered by the European Court of Human Rights. The US signed the Hague Evidence Convention requiring cooperation.

President Obama also zealously pursued state secrets claims, even - to the surprise of many, including federal judges and the Times - those of George Bush. Curiously, the one legal proceeding where Obama did not plead state secrets was the one the ACLU brought against the very same psychologists whose evidence is sought by Zubaydah for the Polish inquiry.  

Absent a state secrets defence, the ACLU case proceeded to trial and was settled by Mitchell and Jessen, who had CIA indemnities. It's the only litigation where the CIA was forced to pay damages (indirectly) to victims.

READ THE REST HERE.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

feelin' lucky?

 


LOTS OF PARALLELS BETWEEN IRELAND AND UKRAINE.
BUT WITH DUE RESPECT TO JOHN-  I WOULD NEVER WISH TO BE ENGLISH INSTEAD....

Sunday, March 13, 2022

musical interlude

 

For some reason this one seems appropriate, again.



Friday, March 11, 2022

The most popular song in Ukraine right now...

 Ukrainians have made a song about the Turkish-made killer drones that are decimating Russian convoys.'






Monday, March 7, 2022

Repatriation of Guantanamo Prisoner- the tortured al-Qahtani

As my friend the talking dog noted: Trump released 1 prisoner over his 4 years in office "so now Biden has doubled the number of releases Trump did. To two." 

sigh.

The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On June 9, 2021, the Periodic Review Board process determined that law of war detention of Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani was no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States. Therefore, the PRB recommended that al-Qahtani be repatriated to his native country of Saudi Arabia, subject to security and humane treatment assurances.  

On Feb. 4, 2022, Secretary of Defense Austin notified Congress of his intent to repatriate al-Qahtani to Saudi Arabia. In consultation with our Saudi partners, we completed the requirements for responsible transfers. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Democracy is so fragile


 

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Masters of war…..

 


Sunday, February 20, 2022

From Roger Fitch and our friends down under at Justinian...2-20-2022

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Jackson: Supreme Court frontrunner

The new hard-right supreme court super-majority is settling in for years of political and judicial mischief. The Atlantic looked at supreme court history and the perils of a new court with an 1890s perspective. 

A court retirement by one of the remnant liberals has been announced; President Biden is about to fill the vacancy on the court created by the planned retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, a centrist member of the Democrat-appointed minority. 

Biden has already announced the appointee will be one of several well-known African-American women serving on lower courts. The frontrunner is believed to be the highly-qualified Ketanji Brown Jackson, currently serving on the DC circuit.

Headed for the court are the decisions of state and federal judges striking down, as racial gerrymanders, the latest congressional redistricting by states. The supreme court responded by reinstating an egregious Alabama racial gerrymander.

In a demonstrably partisan election-year interference, a 5-4 majority of the court used its "shadow docket" to lift a stay unanimously granted by a special three-judge federal court. Now, challenged districts whose legality is yet to be decided may be implemented in this year's elections. 

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberals; perhaps he now regrets personally gutting the Voting Rights Act 1965  in the infamous 2013 decision, Shelby County v Holder, another Alabama case.

It's only one lost seat for the Democrats, but five Republican-appointed justices couldn't resist the opportunity to put their thumbs on the scale in an election year . 

Court observer Linda Greenhouse called it the moment the court "crossed the Rubicon" of partisan activism; the court is now on track to completely hollow out the VRA before the 2024 election. 

READ THE REST HERE.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

MUSICAL INTERLUDE

 Perilous times. We here in the U. S of A could be doing so much more if we turned our hearts and minds to peace.... instead of our usual playbook.




Thursday, February 10, 2022

another torture victim is cleared for release

 Mohammed al-Qahtani was cleared for release last week. The torture of Qahtani was one of the worst and was approved by the war criminal and now deceased former secretary of defense, Rumsfeld. 

From the website Close Guantanamo:
 

The details of his torture shocked the world when a day-by-day interrogation log was leaked to Time magazine in 2006. As the Times described it, the log revealed how "military interrogators placed Mr. Qahtani in solitary confinement, stripped him naked, forcibly shaved him, and subjected him to prolonged sleep deprivation, dehydration, exposure to cold, and various psychological and sexual humiliations like making him bark like a dog, dance with a man and wear women’s underwear on his head." As the Times added, "They extracted a confession, which he later recanted," and which included allegations that he had made against 30 other prisoners, falsely claiming that they were bodyguards of Osama bin Laden.


Qahtani was reportedly mentally handicapped even before the torture and will most likely need life long medical care. Word is that the Biden administration has worked out a deal for the Saudi government to take him and provide that care.  Let's hope this is true.

Read more here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Positive change in the Government's position in Gitmo cases

 

In the military commission case of Al-Nashiri the government had successfully argued that evidence derived from torture did not apply to pretrial proceedings. 

 Now the government has reversed that position:

The government recognizes that torture is abhorrent and unlawful, and unequivocally adheres to humane treatment standards for all detainees. See Executive Order 13491. In the absence of direct authority interpreting Section 948r(a), the government took the position below that Section 948r(a)’s prohibition on admission of statements obtained through torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment applies only to the trial and sentencing phases of a military commission and not to pretrial proceedings. Since that filing, the government has reconsidered its interpretation of Section 948r(a) and, as a result of that review, has concluded that Section 948r(a) applies to all stages of a military commission case, including pretrial proceedings. In accordance with that conclusion, the government will not seek admission, at any stage of the proceedings, of any of petitioner’s statements while he was in CIA custody.


Maybe my government is starting to behave somewhat humanely!

Monday, January 31, 2022

musical interlude

 sunday, bloody sunday. 50 years ago.




Monday, January 17, 2022

FROM ROGER FITCH AND OUR FRIENDS DOWN UNDER. JANUARY 2022 EDITION

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Courthouse - Guantánamo Bay

It has been twenty years since George Bush set up his extraordinary military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It's one of America's greatest injustices, and clearly a political albatross

There has been little amelioration of this extralegal blunder, including under President Biden. Although two more men have been released, bad behaviour by the CIAFBI, Pentagon and prosecution still keeps surfacing.

The Biden administration is building a second military courtroom for its prosecutions, although it appears that, in all the years of these, only one case (the current Abdul Hadi case) has involved a validly-charged war crime recognised under international law. 

On his first day in office, Biden acquiesced in the charges brought by an outgoing Trump Pentagon official, against Riduan Isamuddin (Hambali), the Bali Bomber, for "war crimes" consisting of terror attacks in Southeast Asia, far removed from any armed conflict. The new courtroom is designed for three defendants - it seems intended for Hambali and his co-defendants.

The "9/11" case, (once planned for civil trial in Manhattan, now to be tried by military commission) is in the other Gitmo courtroom. Like Hambali's, the case is emblematic of the grave jurisdictional defects in the trials - it's general knowledge that the Afghan war began in October 2001.

In both cases, military prosecutions have been contrived for civilian crimes, by fraudulently folding terrorism offences into the armed conflict in Afghanistan. All the cases, other than Abdul Hadi's alleged attacks on civilians, suffer from the same jurisdictional defects, having occurred outside war, or theatres of war, or (as in David Hicks' case) involving unrecognised or retrospective non-war crimes. 

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri's charges actually include piracy (the MV Limburg bombing); it's Nashiri's case where the Biden administration faces scrutiny on the use of torture evidence.

The prosecutions suffer from jurisdictional defects compounded by torture, but a few convictions have been achieved by guilty pleas that won't be appealed, e.g. the plea just made by Majid Khan.

In a Stalinesque court appearance, Khan confessed to numerous crimes unknown to the law of war, but at least his attorneys negotiated the inclusion in his plea of his testimony about torture

The military jurors believed Khan, strongly condemning his torture, but at best, his evidence will result in a shorter military sentence.

Torture is cause for dismissal in federal court (Ahmed Ghailani excepted) - it's "government misconduct that shocks the conscience".

Due process matters. 

READ THE REST OF FITCH HERE.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

THE TWO QUESTIONS

 When I tell people that I represent a man who is still held at Guantanamo there are two questions that I get too often. 

Isn't Guantanamo closed, I thought Obama closed it? (sigh)

and, What could you still be litigating at this point?

The first question is easy to answer. NO- it is not closed- Obama lost interest and there were still 50 men left when Obama left office- As I recall, one of those who remains was literally ripped off the plane in the last days of the Obama administration because Obama blew a timing issue.

The second question has always been hard to explain to non-lawyers. 

But now Shane Kadidal (from Center for Constitutional Rights) who has worked on Guantanamo issues since the beginning answers the second question in a really understandable way. Thank you Shane.

Read Shane's piece here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Talking Dog reflects on 20 years of Guantanamo

 

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Fingers crossed. As Candace always says, hope dies last. But I’m seriously hoping that Joe Biden, the President with the temerity to absorb the bad optics of getting out of Afghanistan will be the one capable of finally, finally, ending this sorry chapter of our nation’s history.

UPDATE: In other “anniversary news,” the Biden Administration announced that five more detainees have been cleared for transfer, bringing that total to 19. As, by my count, 12 are charged by the military commissions, only about 8 remain mired in the “forever prisoner” category… including Candace’s client Saeed Bakhuche from Algeria, who had his periodic review board hearing today.

Read the whole piece here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

humans of Guantanamo

 The organization CAGE has launched a new website and gathered seven survivors together to tell their stories-- link below. (Sorry about the formatting problem but the links still work!)

 

 

#GITMO20: Time to Close Guantanamo Together

 

Assalamu Alaykum

 

Dear supporters and friends,

 

To mark 20 years since to the day the first of nearly 780 men were trafficked to the infamous torture centre, Guantanamo Bay, we have today launched the website ‘www.closingguantanamotogether.com’.

 

The website showcases two decades worth of campaigns, prisoner artwork and poetry, cutting edge research, and moving interviews with former prisoners and their families by CAGE.

 

As well as listing the remaining prisoners, the website serves as a rallying platform to close Guantanamo bay and enact the 8-point plan to do so as put together and endorsed by former prisoners.

 

“Closing Guantanamo Together is dedicated to the survivors of Guantanamo. It’s an effort to centre the survivor voice and ensure the campaign to close Guantanamo and free its prisoners remains rooted in the experiences and testimonies of those who lived through what is now known as ‘the gulag of our times’.” - Moazzam Begg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH Guantanamo Memorial Event: Ex-Guantanamo Prisoners Speak About Their Experiences: 20 Years of Guantanamo Bay

 

On the 8th January, 7 former prisoners came together to mark the 20th anniversary of Guantanamo's opening. It was the largest gathering of former Guantanamo prisoners marking this occasion. 
 

Speakers included:

Mohamedou ould Salahi (Mauritania)
Omar Khadr (Canada)
Shaker Aamer (UK)
Ahmed Errachidi (Morocco)
Omar Deghayes (UK/Libya)
Mansoor Adayfi (Yemen/Serbia)
Clive Stafford-Smith (Lawyer)
Moazzam Begg (UK)

  

Exclusively for this anniversary, CAGE is providing the full recording of the event. Watch men who have not only survived Guantanamo, but also continue to embody faith and resilience.

 

Watch here››

 

 

 

And what's with Biden?

 I would think multi-tasking would be something Biden would be good at but he does seem to have some problems getting multiple high priority things done.

Ben Fox has been covering Guantanamo for the AP since the beginning. Read his reporting on Biden's inaction here.

no- not a happy anniversary

 You can celebrate this anniversary by attending one of several events with Witness Against Torture -- most are virtual:


Stalwarts from Maine to an island off the Washington State coast will stand in orange jump suits on Tuesday January 11 commemorating this 20th year of the gulag.  

  • Find a vigil near you or check out what's being posted/livestreamed. (Click here or see events listed below).
  • You can still send us information about YOUR local action, to witnesstorture@gmail.com (subject line: Jan 11 Event in [your town]) and we'll post it. 
  • Send us photos during your event (witnesstorture@gmailcom) and we'll post them. On J11, follow us on social media for photos of local actions around the country.
  • And wherever you are, please be vaccinated and wear a mask. 

The White House in Washington  DC
What: Close Guantanamo Rally to Mark 20 Years
Who: Local Witness Against Torture folks joined by local activists from other groups
When: Tuesday January 11 noon to 1 pm ET (gather at 11:30) 
Where: If you live in the DC area, join us In front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave.  Bring your orange jump suit and hood; we'll have more.  Please be vaccinated and wear a mask. We'll livestream the rally for those of you from away, and then stay online for the 2 pm virtual vigil listed below. 

Tiffin, Ohio
What: Close Guantanamo Rally: 20 years - Still No Justice
Who: Tiffin Area Pax Christi
When: Friday, January 7 from 3 to 4 pm ET
Where: Seneca County Courthouse, 103 E. Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883

Los Angeles, CA (2 events)
1. What: Annual Close Guantanamo Now Rally.  In-person & streamed. 
Who: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP), WAT and others
When: Tuesday January 11 at noon PT
Where: Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St. 90012 (in front)
2. What: Online panel discussion featuring film maker Philippe Diaz, Guantanamo Bar member Michael Rapkin, and Marcy Winograd of Code Pink
When: Tuesday Jan 11 at 5 pm PT

Raleigh, North Carolina
What: Close Guantanamo Vigil to commemorate 20 years since the opening of Guantánamo prison
Who: North Carolina Stop Torture Now
When: Tuesday, January 11 from 1 to 2 pm ET
Where: The Federal Building at New Bern Avenue and Person St in Raleigh. Please wear a mask.  Orange jumpsuits and black hoods are very welcome.  Please come and bring family and friends.

Asheville, North Carolina
What: Join WAT and Veterans for Peace, Asheville Chapter #099, as they vigil at Asheville Pack Square
When: Tuesday, January 11, 4:30 to 5:30 pm ET.


Orcas Island, Washington
What: Activists on Orcas Island, a stones-throw from Canada, will meet ferry arrival traffic in orange jump suits.  
When: Tuesday, January 11
Where: Eastsound, WA, on the roadside, either at the ferry arrival or at the main street intersection.
 
20th Anniversary 2 pm Virtual Rally
What: Disrupt, Confront, and Close Guantánamo This virtual rally is a call for all of us to disrupt and confront the status quo that has kept Guantánamo open and to imagine and chart a path toward finally ending and abolishing the prison and all that it represents.
Who: WAT, CCR and others
When:  Tuesday, January 11, at 2 pm ET 

National Religious Campaign Against Torture Webinar
What: Guantanamo 20 Years on: A Religious Perspective
Who:  The Episcopal Church and National Religious Campaign Against Torture 
Speakers: Dr. Shaun Casey, Georgetown University; The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, Episcopal Church; Matt Hawthorne, NRCAT
When: Tuesday, January 11, 3 pm ET


New York City
What: In-person rally Close Guantanamo Now! 20 Years Too Long! 

Who: Organized by The World Can't Wait, co-sponsored by WAT
When: Tuesday January 11, from 4 to 6 pm ET
Where: New York Public Library steps, 5th Avenue @ 41st Street

Augusta, Maine
What: Vigil and walk to mark the 20th year since the opening of the Guantánamo Bay
Who: Pax Christi Maine, PeaceAction Maine, Witness Against Torture
When: Date change: Saturday, January 15 at noon ET
Where: We will vigil in front of the Augusta National Guard Armory, at the intersection of Route 202 and Armory Street, and then process to the Capitol.


Boston, Massachusetts
What: Rally at Park St Station. Will distribute stash of Close Guantánamo t-shirts, signs, orange jumpsuits and black hoods.  Will be very cold so dress accordingly.  Come prepared to speak if you like.  
When: Tuesday, January 11 from 1 to 2 pm ET

 



And many more Close Guantanamo events in January

Guantanamo Clock
What: One-person vigils multiplied!  Add your photo to Andy Worthington’s Gitmo Clock to mark January 11, when Guantanamo will have been opened for 7,306 days.  
When: Send your photo now!


CAGE: International Witness Campaign (IWC)
What: IWC has gathered partners around the globe to commemorate 2 decades of the War on Terror and remember the millions of people affected across the globe, with four demands and in-person and online events around the world.  
When: Through January 11, 2022

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) Webinar
What: Rupture and Reckoning: 20 years of Guantánamo Anthology and Digital Art Exhibition Launch
Panelists: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, former Guantánamo detainee; Katherine Gallagher, CCR; Wolfgang Kaleck, ECCHR.  ECCHR will be launching a digital art exhibition and anthology, which includes contributions from current and former detainees, lawyers, advocates, and artists.
When: Tuesday January 11, 11 am to 1 pm ET 

Amnesty International Multiple Educational and Action Events 
What: Outreach to members, especially youth: Call-in to White House (Members will be sent link to leave message); Poster contest for youth; Quiz for young people
When: Tuesday January 11, 2022