I received an email today from NRCAT discussing the effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. I agree with their reasoning behind the effort to close the detention center and hope that we can start to put the issue of government sponsored torture to rest.
NRCAT strongly supports the President in his efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Because Guantanamo is such a powerful symbol of U.S.-sponsored torture, closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay has great moral and practical importance for our efforts to end torture.
We are concerned, however, that during the Senate debate over the FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill (the rest of this week and likely part of next), the Senate may vote to adopt amendments that limit the President’s ability to close Guantanamo Bay. Please CALL YOUR SENATORS and ask them to vote against any amendments that might tie the President’s hands as he moves to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
Also, some NRCAT members may be interested to know that it is also possible that the Senate will vote on an amendment that would allow for the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects without any trial. Unlike the issue of the use of torture as an interrogation technique, NRCAT has not, in the past, taken a leadership role on the issue of indefinite detention. Nevertheless, we know that many of our supporters would be very concerned about an amendment of this sort, so we wanted you to be aware that an indefinite detention amendment may be introduced in case you would like to encourage your Senators to oppose it.
You can reach your Senators by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking to speak with one of your senators. Then call back to ask to speak to your other senator.
Thank you for all you have done to end U.S.-sponsored torture.
Linda Gustitus, President
Richard Killmer, Executive Director
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