Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Blog

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and things are not looking up in the way of civil liberties. Just under a month ago, president Obama - in one of the worst assaults on American civil liberties in U.S. history - signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law. Under certain provisions of the act, Americans suspected of terrorism can be detained without trial for an indefinite period of time. Fortunately, efforts to repeal those provisions have been brought forward, but if these moderating measures fail to pass, Guantanamo Bay will effectively have come to American soil.

In protest of Guantanamo and the National Defense Authorization Act, a coalition of human rights groups and organizations will organize a rally and human chain vigil tomorrow in Washington D.C.. The protest is expected to stretch from the White House to the U.S. Supreme court. The press release put out by the coalition reads:

demonstrators will march down Pennsylvania Avenue, led by 171 people in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, representing the men still detained at Guantanamo. The marchers will continue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, holding brief rallies at four locations to dramatically demonstrate the chain of responsibility that connects the White House, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court.

The rally will begin tomorrow at noon in Lafayette Park followed by the Human Chain Vigil at 1:00pm. Speakers at the rally include Colonel Morris Davis, executive director of the Crimes of War Education Project, who previously served as the chief prosecutor for the office of military commissions at Guant√°namo Bay; Talat Hamdani, mother of Salman Hamdani, an emergency medical technician who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks while helping people at the Twin Towers in New York City and Ramzi Kassem, an attorney who represents Guantanamo and Bagram detainees and supervises the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project at CUNY School of Law.

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