Friday, November 9, 2012

Hmm Hmmm. Mr Obama. Remember Guantanamo

Obama reminded of pledge to close down Guantanamo prison
Prisoners at the US Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba (file photo)
Prisoners at the US Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba (file photo)
Fri Nov 9, 2012 3:0AM GMT

Rights groups have called on recently-reelected President Barack Obama to close down the country’s dreaded Guantanamo prison in Cuba, a pledge the chief executive failed to fulfill in his first tenure, and put an end to the US drone attacks abroad.

On Thursday, the activists urged the president to live up to his long-overdue promise and shut down the prison camp where US authorities hold the so-called war on terror suspects.

The rights groups also demanded the president to stop employing his predecessor George W. Bush’s strong-arm security tactics, including warrantless surveillance and extrajudicial killings using the unmanned aerial vehicles.

Anthony Romero, the executive director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said it was time “to once again be a nation where we can be both safe and free.”

“We urge President Obama to dismantle a national security state where warrantless surveillance, extrajudicial killings of American citizens by drones and other attacks on our personal freedoms have been deemed acceptable,” he said.                Read On..

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