Shortly after President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Bill (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve, Amnesty International announced it would join 45 other organizations to protest the NDAA and the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in front of the White House on January 11 (today)—the 10th anniversary of Guantanamo’s opening.
The bill many feel is the beginning of a militarized state of government, where even American citizens can be detained without charge or trial indefinitely for suspicion of “terrorism” or providing aid to terrorists or “associated forces” anywhere in the world, including on American soil.
The protest march in Washington D.C., will join marches in other U.S. cities including Miami, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago; along with events around the world in Paris, Toronto, Madrid, Berlin, London, Brussels and others according to Reuters.
The prison was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks and the invasion of Afghanistan by U.S.-led forces. The first prisoners arrived on January 11, 2002. Since then some 779 foreign captives have been detained with 171 remaining.
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