Yes, despite Pres Obama’s promises to close it, 166 people are still entombed at Guantanamo. This represents all that is wrong, morally and legally, with the “war of terror” the U.S. loosed on the world after Sept. 11 and the country the US has become. 86 of these men have been cleared for release – in other words, there is no evidence against them – yet our government refuses to release them. In September, the Obama administration released the names of 55 of those 86 cleared for release. Almost 3,000 people are also detained at Bagram detention center in Afghanistan, “the other Guantanamo,” without charges or right to counsel. And now all of this is being defended and celebrated in an award-winning film. Will you raise your voice with us to say, “No, not in my name?”
The Bush regime’s policy of indefinite detention has been institutionalized by the Obama administration. Now Obama has signed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) for 2013 that authorizes military detention of US citizens, anywhere, any time. The media has largely abandoned these issues, and a bipartisan consensus has emerged to commit permanently to these horrific policies. Summarizing how the “war on terror” has become institutionalized under the Obama administration, Glenn Greenwald concludes, “Only outside compulsion, from citizens, can make an end to all of this possible.”
Join us this Friday, Jan 11, the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, to say Shut It Down Now!
Where: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
What: Press Conference, followed by procession to River East 21, 322 E. Illinois
We now live in a culture where the CIA and Hollywood work together to rewrite history and get people to go along with these crimes by making false claims that torture produces “intelligence” that will keep us safe. We say that no matter what, indefinite detention and torture are wrong! Zero Dark Thirty = Zero Conscience.
From Federal Plaza, we will process in orange jumpsuits through the Loop to River East 21 where Zero Dark 30 is screening. This film is an “apology for torture” that presents the CIA’s view of the world. We as a people are brutalized and degraded by torture committed in our name and further degraded by the celebration and justification of it in this film. Torture produced no useful intelligence in the pursuit of Bin Laden. Even the government has admitted this. Yet this film claims the opposite. Download our flyer here and be part of promoting the truth about this film.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/56801817]
Participating organizations include Chicago World Can’t Wait, IL Coalition against Torture, Christian Peacemaker Teams, IL Amnesty International, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, 8th Day Center for Justice, Wellington UCC, Gay Liberation Network, TAMMS Year Ten, Committee against Political Repression, Northwest Indiana Veterans for Peace and more.