The Senate is expected to vote in early September on legislation -- the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 1540) -- that includes provisions that would keep Guantanamo open indefinitely. The House of Representatives has already passed this legislation. We need you to call your two Senators right now and urge them to take a stand against Guantanamo.
This isn't just about the human rights of detainees -- it's also about upholding our own rights to due process of law, to fair trials and to freedom from torture.
Please call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators, or look up your Senators' direct phone lines here. Make your calls, then let us know that you called!
Here are some ideas of what to say:
- My name is __________ and I live in the state of ________.
- I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 1540) that would keep Guantanamo open.
- The Guantanamo detention facility must be closed. Indefinite detention and military commissions must end.
- Detainees must either be charged and fairly tried in US federal courts, or be released to countries where their human rights will be respected.
- The US government must ensure security with human rights.