Andy Worthington, Close Guantánamo co-founder, launches the Gitmo Clock on January 11, 2018.
On January 11, 2018, the prison at Guantánamo Bay marked its 5845th day of existence, and the Gitmo Clock, first launched under President Obama, was re-launched to let the world know how disgraceful it is that the prison is still open.
January 11 is the 16th anniversary of its opening, and the clock will count how many days the prison has been open until it is finally closed for good.
Conceived by the Bush administration as a place to hold prisoners seized in the “war on terror” outside the reach of the U.S. courts, Guantánamo became a place where torture and abuse were practiced, and it remains a place where those held are not imprisoned according to international accepted norms — as criminals facing federal court trials, or as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions, who can be held unmolested until the end of hostilities — but as, essentially, what they have always been: men without rights subjected to indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial, whose release can only come about through the whim of the president.
41 men are still held at Guantánamo, and every day that the prison remains open is an affront to America’s cherished notion of itself as a country founded on the rule of law, that respects the rule of law. Guantánamo is a legal, moral and ethical abomination, and its continued existence is also counter-productive, tarnishing America’s reputation abroad and inflaming anti-American sentiment.
What you can do
Please print the Gitmo Clock page, showing how many days Guantánamo has been open, and calling on Donald Trump to close it, take a photo of yourself (or ask a friend or family member to take a photo of you) and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll show your photos on a new, dedicated page on the website.
What else you can do
You can write to the White House to ask Donald Trump to close Guantánamo. You can also ask your Senators and Representatives to call for the prison to be closed. Find your Senators here, and your Representatives here.