ACLU Calls For Independent Investigation Into Guantánamo Death

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ACLU Calls For Independent Investigation Into Guantánamo Death

NEW YORK - The
American Civil Liberties Union [late Tuesday] called for a full and transparent
investigation into the death of a Yemeni national held at Guantánamo
Bay. Military officials have described the death as an “apparent
suicide.”

The following can be attributed to Ben Wizner, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project:

"Tragic deaths like this one have become all too common in a system
that locks up detainees indefinitely without charge or trial. There
must be an immediate, independent and transparent investigation into
the circumstances surrounding this apparent suicide and the conditions
of confinement at Guantánamo.

“There is no room for a system of indefinite detention without charge
or trial under our Constitution. Detainees against whom there is
legitimate evidence should be tried in our federal courts – not in the
reconstituted military commissions now being proposed. Those against
whom there is no legitimate evidence must not be given a de-facto life
sentence by being locked up forever.”

In January, the ACLU and other leading human rights groups sent a
letter to President Obama asking him to grant them full access to the
Guantánamo detention center so that they can review the conditions of
confinement and make recommendations for revising U.S. detention
policies.

The letter to President Obama is available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/38600res20090130.html

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