Shut Down Guantanamo

Person sitting on yellow background with barbed wire and handcuff over their head

The Guantánamo Prison is by all measures a catastrophic failure. It has become a global symbol of injustice, abuse, and disregard for the rule of law.

For more than a decade, under both President Bush and President Obama, the United States worked to transfer people out of Guantánamo. President Obama said he would shut down this site of indefinite detention and criminal abuse and torture of prisoners.

Now President Trump is reversing course. Trump is trying to give a new lease on life to a place that symbolizes torture and abuse and has made America less safe.

Guantánamo continues to impose enormous costs to both our values and our resources. In addition to the incalculable human suffering of men who were abused and held for years with no charge, American taxpayers pay more than $540 million a year to detain the 40 men still there now.

That's more than $11 million dollars per year for each person detained there. It's roughly 300 times what it costs to imprison a person in a federal prison in the U.S. And what's worse is that more than three-quarters of the men now at Guantanamo have never even been charged with a crime.

It is long past time for this shameful episode in American history to be brought to a close.

Congress has power to limit Trump's action on Guantánamo.

Tell your members of Congress to end indefinite detentions and unconstitutional military commissions at Guantánamo, and shut this national embarrassment down once and for all.

To Members of Congress:

Hold the line against President Trump: It's time to shut down the human rights disaster that is the Guantánamo Prison.