Failure to close Guantánamo is an existential threat to democracy

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MSNBC.com by Michael Ratner


"When we filed the first case challenging detentions at Guantánamo Bay shortly after the first men arrived there in 2002, we didn’t know what to expect. Family members of a few of the detained men had contacted lawyers seeking help, but we truly had no idea who was inside the prison as they were held incommunicado. We could not communicate with our clients but filed suit at the behest of their families. The Bush administration had been telling the public that these men were extremely dangerous, committed to killing Americans – the worst of the worst. And for all we knew at the time, that was the truth. ..."

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