Monday, November 24, 2008

ACTION: No Expansion of the Military Comissions!

With less than 60 days left in the Bush presidency, the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, Col. Lawrence Morris, has threatened publicly to bring additional charges against detainees before the military commissions. Act today to demand that no new military commissions charges be filed! CCR is asking you to write to the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and to Representatives John Conyers, William Delahunt, and Jerrold Nadler and Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin, to stop the expansion of the military commissions.

The incoming Obama administration has rejected this system unequivocally. President-elect Obama stated earlier this year that trials for Guantanamo prisoners "are too important to be held in a flawed military commission system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9/11 attacks and that has been embroiled in legal challenges." Further, the Obama transition team stated earlier this month that the President-elect believes "that the legal framework at Guantánamo has failed."

It is disgraceful that Col. Morris is attempting to preempt the results of the election by expanding the fiasco of the military commissions at the last minute. Any effort to expand the military commissions at this point is an attempt to further institutionalize these illegitimate tribunals and to prevent the next administration from acting quickly to put the military commissions to an end.

Write (Call/Fax) today : the Secretary of Defense, Reps. Conyers, Delahunt and Nadler, and Sens. Leahy and Durbin and call for an immediate end to any further charges before the military commissions.

Thank you for taking action today!


Vincent Warren
Executive Director
Center for Constitutional Rights

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