Personal: and Who is a Terrorist?
I signed the petition to close
because I believe our court system is capable of trying terrorism suspects, as it did the "underwear bomber". I also signed it because if we haven't already, we may Create future terrorists by holding people without trial or charges for so many years, (in some cases) without either charges or trials. I do not Want any more acts of terrorism carried out here or anywhere. Guantanamo
Then there is the question of just who Is a terrorist? Sometimes it seems to me that a terrorist is someone the government in power is fighting and needs to label. All of the young people protesting against autocratic rule during the "Arab Spring" were labeled "terrorists" by their ruling governments. All Syrian rebels are now labeled in the same way. My best guess is that some are and some are not. And at this late date it might be impossible to tell them apart.
But I suspect that black South African protesters, along with those called "colored" in
S. Africa would have been labeled "terrorists" who wanted to bring down the state and destroy the country, if they had been protesting After Sept. 2011. Leonard Peltier, (who is now 68 and has serious health problems) would have gotten the same label, although people from around the world call for his release as it was not proven that he fired the shot which killed an FBI agent in the mid-1970's.
Then there is the case of the high school girl below. I haven't yet signed this petition, as I want to read more about it first. But where does this intentionally scary labeling stop?
The burning of a mosque in
Was not called "terrorism" it was arsen. Joplin Mo.
This word "terrorism" should be used only to label Specific acts or it loses its meaning. Or, as I think may be intended, it sets a vaguely scary feeling inside us which has no outlet or relief. I object to this. This charge can be misued in dangerous ways. What do you think?
President Obama: Close Detention Facility at
By Morris D.
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I served 25 years in the US Air Force, I was the Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism
for more than two years, and now I need your help. Guantanamo Bay
I personally charged Osama Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, Australian anathema David
Hicks, and Canadian teen Omar Khadr.
All three were convicted … and then they were released from
More than 160 men who have never been charged with any offense, much less convicted
of a war crime, remain at
with no end in sight. Guantanamo
There is something fundamentally wrong with a system where not
being charged with a war crime keeps you locked away indefinitely and a war crime
conviction is your ticket home.
As of April 29, 2013 – 100 of the 166 men who remain in
are engaged in Guantanamo
a hunger strike in protest of their indefinite detention. Twenty-one of them are
being force-fed and five are hospitalized.
Some of the men have been in prison for more than eleven years without charge or
United States has cleared a majority of the detainees for transfer out of , Guantanamo
yet they remain in custody year after year because of their citizenship and ongoing
political gamesmanship in the
That is why I am calling on Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel to use his authority
to effect cleared transfers from
and on President Obama to appoint an Guantanamo
individual within the Administration to lead the effort to close
Obama announced on April 30 that he plans to do his part to close
but he has made this promise before
. Now is the time to hold him to his promise and urge him to take the steps necessary
to dismantle Guantanamo Bay Prison.
If any other country were treating prisoners the way we are treating those in
we would roundly and rightly criticize that country.
We can never retake the legal and moral high ground when we claim the right to do
unto others that which we would vehemently condemn if done to one of us.
It is probably no surprise that human rights and activist groups like the Center
For Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture and Amnesty International have
been outspoken critics of
It may surprise you that a former military prosecutor and many other retired senior
military officers and members of the intelligence community agree with them.
The Patriotic thing, the American thing, the Human thing to do here is to Close Guantanamo.
Please join us in the fight by signing this petition.
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State Attorney Jerry Hill: Drop charges against Kiera Wilmot
By Maggie G.
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Kiera Wilmot has been described as an exemplary student and a wonderful young woman.
Why is it then that an experiment gone wrong is being dealt with by the police and
school as a felony offense? According to the
"7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small
8 oz water bottle on the grounds of
Bartow High School in . The reaction Bartow, Florida
caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No
one was hurt and no damage was caused."
The principal has said that that he doesn't believe she had any malicious intentions.
Yet she now faces two felony charges as an adult. These includ
making, possessing or discharging a destructive device and with possessing or discharging
weapons on school grounds!
I've learned that the charges have not yet been filed and this means that
State Attorney Jerry Hill and Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty have an opportunity
to the right thing, use common sense, and drop these charges against Kiera.
Please sign this petition to challenge any decision to so drastically charge this
young woman for something that was a simple mistake. Her life should not be turned
upside down, her future crushed, because someone wants to make a statement. There
was no criminal activity here - she does not deserve to be punished like this. Help
Kiera find real justice!
I also recommend checking out this article about the situation
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