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December 30, 2005

U.S. Christians at Guantánamo's gates

David Hicks has had to become a British citizen in order to gain some hope after four years in detention in Guantánamo Bay because the Australian government refuses to advocate on his behalf. Now Christians from the US are rising up because of torture claims tacitly admitted by the Bush Administration. This place - the war on terror as a whole - stands as a blight and disgrace upon the West, particularly in the light of claims to christian faith by the key leaders involved.

Recently, a group of 25 U.S. Christians began a water-only fast and prayer vigil on Monday at the gates of the detention centre and naval base at Guantánamo Bay. The group, calling itself Witness Against Torture (many of whom are Catholic peace activists), walked 50 miles from Santiago, Cuba, to the gates of the U.S. military prison where they are seeking authorization to enter the base and meet with prisoners ¿ some 500 of which are being held on suspicion of terrorist activities. The government says the detainees are enemy combatants, not prisoners of war, and are not entitled to the same rights afforded under the Geneva Conventions.

Read more here.

Posted by gary at December 30, 2005 04:14 PM


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