In the recent
article, "Attorney's career leads to Guantanamo," (Page 1, Jan. 13) Attorney Carlos Warner asserts that he will represent his client as his own and in the same sentence reveals he is also working to shut down the doors of Guantanamo. Mr. Warner says he can't release any details of the case -- just before he releases details of the lovely letters he received from his client. He compliments his detainee's "jovial personality," language skills and his knowledge of the U.S. Is he suggesting to the readers that this detainee with ties to Bin Laden is just "one of the guys"? Nothing to see here no big deal?
I can't tell you how furious I was when I read, and I quote, "some Hudsonites do not understand that Guantanamo is still open." How insulting. Believe me, Mr. Warner, as the mother of a U.S. Army tank commander who has served over three yearlong tours in Iraq, I am very well aware that Guantanamo is still open and thank God that it is. People in Hudson can sleep at night because the terrorists are not in our back yards.
Let me be clear. The men detained at Guantanamo are not there because we are prejudiced or intolerant.
I support the idea that Mr. Warner has to represent his client fairly and without prejudice. It is the American way. What I object to is that this case is being used to promote the political ideology of the Washington elite. We Washington outsiders know your client is not just a jovial, misunderstood, gentlemen Islamist.
Please, Mr. Warner, before you make an assumption about Hudsonites, and what we understand about Guantanamo, maybe you should talk to one of our military families. I would be happy to introduce you to them.
I do not know what happened to my paragraphs, I am so sorry! It's going to be hard to read, now. Do I repost or..?
I would strongly urge you to do a tiny bit of research on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. I thought it was common knowledge that a very few of them were guilty of anything at all. That actually is common knowledge and I have read it umpteen times on various newspapers.
There is one man there, a British man named Shaker Aamer. He was cleared for release in 2003. He was never charged with anything, he did nothing. He has one young son he has not even met yet! And the horrible part of this is that they have had him in solitary confinement for years now. I do not know if you are aware of what that does to the human psyche but believe me, it is horrid. And he is stuck there. Amnesty is working in conjunction with some human rights groups to have him released. There is a petition if you can, it would be great if you could sign it. It is at action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=18208#act
There are many others in similar situations. The NDAA that Obama signed will prevent the innocent men there from being released. This is a human rights disaster, and it is no wonder that the world hates us now.
Not only do we detain indefinitely but we also torture, and when we don't do it, we outsource it. I am 58 years old. I am old enough to remember when this country was great. When we were the ones with a good human rights record, and we were the ones who pressured other countries to clean up their act. But look at us now! Now we are the ones with one of the worst human rights records in the world! I protest this!
It has become unsafe for Americans to travel abroad because of this. And I cannot blame them for hating us! I mean I hate us right now. I am tired of feeling ashamed because I am a citizen of this country. This is wrong!
I hope and pray that you will take the time to learn more about what is going on in Guantanamo and Bagram. They are ruining this country... no one else had to do it.... we have done it to ourselves.
If you are interested in learning more about this terrible situation you can go to freedetainees.org or www.cageprisoners.com. Also see Andy Worthington's site at www.andyworthington.co.uk/ Theres a lot that people don't realize that's going on in our name.. And it has to end.