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January 11th marks the beginning of the twelfth year of the operation of Guantanamo Bay Prison. 166 men still languish indefinitely detained without charges, without trial, most of whom have been cleared for release. Gitmo prison concentrates the worst of the Bush doctrine of indefinite detention, extrajudicial murder, torture, and lawlessness which under Barack Obama has somehow become both accepted and forgotten in the American psyche.
On Friday, January 11, insult will be added to injury. On that day those behind the film Zero Dark Thirty will release it nationwide. Anyone who believes the film is simply unbiased theatrical journalism should look at this "coincidence" carefully.
So what are thinking and caring people to do?
Get ready to get public in your opposition to Zero Dark Thirty and the promotion of torture
World Can't Wait is calling on people around the country to be at theaters, to say NO TORTURE IN OUR NAMES! CLOSE GUANTANAMO and STOP ALL TORTURE NOW! People have to protest — in direct, creative, and public ways — to expose and challenge the core message of this film: that torture "works."
►Download and print our flier and take it with you to the film's opening near you
►Get palm cards for distribution
►Go to showings with a stack of these fliers, posters and some friends donning orange jumpsuits
Take photos and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post your protest to our event page and we will help connect you with others in your area who put humanity and the planet first.
World Can't Wait has already been at showings in NYC as we described in our last message and will be at the SF opening next week.
On the East Coast? Join us on January 11th in D.C. as we march in orange jumpsuits representing all those still indefinitely detained demanding that Guantanamo be closed, end indefinite detention, end unlawful killings via drones and other weapons.
Join the march in Washington, D.C. or in your community via solidarity action, film showing or tabling.
- Be one of the first 55 people to sign up and hold a special place in the demonstration representing the 55 detainees cleared for transfer
- WHERE: March from the Supreme Court via the Capitol to the White House; gather on the steps of the Supreme Court
- WHEN: January 11, 2013 @ noon
Andy Worthington 2013 Tour January 7-16
World Can't Wait is proud to once again be a part of bringing Andy to share the stories of those in Guantanamo with people in the states. He will be speaking in NYC and D.C. from January 8-11. Details to come.
Andy Worthington: Torture, Torture Everywhere
For those of us who have been arguing for years that senior officials and lawyers in the Bush administration must be held accountable for the torture program they introduced and used in their “war on terror,” last week was a very interesting week indeed, as developments took place in Strasbourg, in London and in Washington D.C., which all pointed towards the impossibility that the torturers can escape accountability forever.
America's tradition of brutality predates the advent of video. Attempts to erase that history are destined to fail.
"public release of the requested [torture] videos would harm relationships between the United States and its allies since it would raise 'serious questions' about whether or not the US has been acting in accordance with the Geneva Conventions"
– William Lietzau, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy
Pentagon's Guantanamo videos to stay classified