from the National Religious Coalition Against Torture
When he first took office, President Obama promised to close the prison at Guantanamo within a year. More than four years later, 166 detainees remain at Guantanamo – 86 of whom have been cleared for transfer or release. President Obama has signed and Congress has passed legislation making it difficult to close Guantanamo. Recently, the Department of State shuttered the office responsible for closing Guantanamo.
President Obama needs to be reminded of his commitment. While legislation has made it more difficult for the President to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo – it is still possible. Guantanamo is a place where prisoners were tortured and where most continue to be held indefinitely without trial. Its continued existence is a moral travesty.
Please call President Obama today at 202-456-1111, and ask him to keep his commitment to closing Guantanamo. You can use this sample script to help you with your call:
“Hello, I’m _________ from ____________. I’m calling to ask President Obama to keep his commitment to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo is a place where prisoners were tortured and where many continue to be detained indefinitely without trial. As a person of faith, I hope President Obama will stand up for American values, like fairness, justice and respect for human dignity, and close Guantanamo.”
If you call, please tell us here.
In addition to calling, you can also tweet President Obama: @BarackObama @WhiteHouse Please keep your promise to close #Guantanamo. #CloseGitmo