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NORTH CAROLINA STOP TORTURE NOW

PO Box 12707
Raleigh, NC 27605
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JOIN US at our Next Meeting:

2-4 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Avenue in Founder's Hall
(beneath the sanctuary)


Write a Letter of Support to a Guantánamo Detainee

Currently, 149 men remain in captivity at Guantánamo Bay. At least 76 detainees have been approved for release by the U.S. Government, which recognizes they present no danger to the U.S. or its allies.

Thirty-five detainees are scheduled to face trials, and -- most alarmingly -- 46 others have been designated as suitable for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

On September 8, 2012, Adnan Latif of Yemen was found dead in his cell. Latif had spent 11 years in the prison despite having been cleared in 2004 by the Bush administration and in 2009 by a judge reviewing Latif's habeas petition.

Here is a poem Latif wrote in the prison. The poem was published in the book Poems from Guantánamo:

They are artists of torture,
They are artists of pain and fatigue,
They are artists of insults and humiliation.

Where is the world to save us from torture?
Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness?
Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?

The youngest to have been held at the prison camp is Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen captured as a child soldier at the age of 15, denied medical treatment and tortured in custody. After initially boycotting a military commission proceeding, Khadr accepted a plea deal, which was roundly criticized by human rights organizations. He was repatriated to Canada in late September 2012.

The oldest is Saifullah Paracha, 64. Paracha was scheduled to fly to Thailand for a business meeting in July 2003, but when he arrived at the Bangkok airport, he was seized, hooded, and cuffed, thrown into the back of a vehicle and taken to an unknown location where he was held for a few days, blindfolded, with his ears covered and his hands and legs cuffed.

According to investigative reporting by Stephen Grey in his authoritative work, Ghost Plane, Paracha was flown from Bangkok to Bagram aboard a Gulfstream V aircraft, N379P, based at Smithfield, NC and operated by Aero Contractors, Ltd.

Glenn Greenwald reported that, in August, 2010, a military commission sentenced Sudanese detainee Ibrahim al Qosi -- convicted as part of a plea bargain of being an al Qaida foot soldier and sometime driver for Osama bin Laden -- to an undisclosed term. As Greenwald asks: "What kind of country has secret sentences?"

Al Qosi was released to his native Sudan in July 2012.

Please take a moment to write a letter of support to one or more of these men.

Offer a simple message of good will and solidarity. Anything that can be construed as political should be avoided, as it will almost certainly be intercepted and destroyed.

Recall that, in most cases, you will not be writing in the prisoners' first language.

Therefore, simple sentiments, PRINTED AS CLEARLY AS POSSIBLE will be best.

Good choices might be: 'Wishing you peace and happiness for the future,’ or ‘Thinking of you.’ You may choose to use this simple stationery, with text borrowed from Amnesty International USA. If you would like to learn more about this action, please see this background sheet.

Also, writing to prisoners notifies prison staff and the military censors who screen the letters that people care about the individuals in U.S. custody, and are concerned for their welfare.

As an example, one young woman offered this simple, but touching message:

"Dear Fahed Ghazi–
Somewhere in the world, right now, someone is thinking of you, loving you , missing you. You are not alone. You have not been forgotten. Thousands of people support you, think every day of the horrors you endure. You do not deserve this. I hope you will be reunited with your family."

SEND MESSAGES TO:

DETAINEE NAME (from this list provided by No More Guantánamos)
DETAINEE
ISN #
Camp Delta
P.O. Box 160
Washington, DC 20053

If your letter is returned, please alert us.


Help Us Raise $10,000 to Continue our Work.

Ours is an entirely grassroots effort. We have no office and no paid staff.

Volunteers coordinate our efforts, maintain this Web site, develop and maintain contacts with allies, and respond to phone calls and e-mail inquiries.

The button below will take you to our secure payment page hosted by PaySimple.

PLEASE NOTE:

You DO NOT NEED TO ESTABLISH AN ACCOUNT at PaySimple to make a one-time donation. On the landing page simply click on the button labeled: "Click Here to Pay Now"

Secure Payments

We also welcome checks payable to:

North Carolina Stop Torture Now
sent to:
P.O. Box 12707
Raleigh, NC 27605


Questions: contact@ncstoptorturenow.org

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updated 24 June 2014 JMcI

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