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David Morrisey

Actor David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) supports the Countdown to Close Guantánamo.

On January 20, 2016, the Close Guantánamo campaign set up a new initiative, the Countdown to Close Guantánamo, to mark how many days President Obama has left to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, as he promised on his second day in office back in January 2009.

Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington launched the Countdown to Close Guantánamo with music legend Roger Waters, the chief songwriter of Pink Floyd, on Democracy Now! and since then celebrities and concerned members of the public across the U.S. and worldwide have been taking photos of themselves with posters counting down to the end of the Obama presidency, marking 1 year to go (on Jan. 20), 350 days to go (on Feb. 4), 300 days to go (on Mar. 25), 250 days to go (on May 14), 200 days to go (on Jul. 3), 150 days to go (on Aug. 22), 100 days to go (on Oct. 11), and 50 days to go (on Nov. 30).

Please join us. Print off a poster, take a photo with it, and send it to us. You can repeat this every 50 days if you wish. Please also feel free to send us a message for President Obama and to let us know where you are, so we can show the breadth of support for the prison's closure.

Please see all the photos here and here. Please also feel free to join the Close Guantánamo campaign, and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And please like and share and retweet this page.

We are calling for President Obama to release all the men approved for release (26 of the remaining 80 prisoners, as of mid-April 2016), and to complete the reviews for the 44 other men not already approved for release, via the Periodic Review Boards, established in 2013.

We support the plan to move the men facing trial (just ten of the remaining prisoners) to the U.S. mainland, where we recommend the military commissions should be scrapped and the trials moved to federal courts. We also reluctantly accept the administration's argument that other men will also need to be moved to the mainland for the prison to close, who are not scheduled to face trials, but whose detention is justified under the laws of war. However, we believe that, once these men are on the U.S. mainland, they will have the right to challenge the basis of their detention under the U.S. Constitution in ways denied to them at Guantánamo. As Close Guantánamo's other co-founder, the attorney Tom Wilner, has explained, "Bringing them to the United States means that they would almost certainly have full constitutional rights and the ability to effectively challenge their detentions in court."

What else you can do

To remind President Obama of his promise to close Guantánamo, or to show support for his efforts, please feel free to call the White House on 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online.

You can also encourage your Senators and Representatives to support President Obama's efforts to close the prison, which is important, as Congress currently endorses legislation preventing the closure of Guantánamo by preventing any prisoner from being brought to the U.S. mainland for any reason. Find your Senators here, and your Representatives here.

Please also feel free to write to the prisoners at Guantánamo.