I’ve had a day today. One of those days where I didn’t get much accomplished but I did remember to wear ORANGE because today, JANUARY 11, 2008, is the six-year anniversary of the first arrival of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and the ACLU has called for a national day of protest.
Here’s a fact sheet from the ACLU on Guantanamo Bay:
Across the country today there were protests by people who like myself, are opposed to torture. Today is just another sad reminder of the horrific Bush legacy of lies and abuse. If you haven’t signed the pledge yet on the ACLU website please do and check out the awesome round up of bloggers who have gotten involved today.
Please don’t let the day end with adding your voice to the thousands of voices around the country and the world, demanding that the Bush administration: Close Guantanamo Bay Now! Torture is Un-American.
Just today a U.S. Appeals Court dismissed a Guantanamo torture suit on the grounds that the “defendants enjoyed qualified immunity for acts taken within the scope of their government jobs and held the religious right law did not apply to the detainees.”
Those defendents were former “Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and 10 military commanders.” The attorney who argued the case for the detainees, Eric Lewis, has “vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court” and he said “It is an awful day for the rule of law and common decency when a court finds that torture is all in a days’ work for the secretary of defense and senior generals.”
Another attorney for the plaintiffs, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, expressed disappointment that the appeals court failed to hold “Rumsfeld and the chain of command accountable for torture at Guantanamo.”
Close Guantanamo Bay Now! Torture is Un-American.
UPDATE: 80 protesters were arrested outside of the Supreme Court today.