Magazine article The Christian Century

NCC Urges Closure of Guantanamo Center Following Suicides

Magazine article The Christian Century

NCC Urges Closure of Guantanamo Center Following Suicides

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The National Council of Churches and its online site FaithfulAmerica.org have reiterated a demand for the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, following the suicides of three prisoners there.

"Americans who love their country and its historic ideals are mortified by this continuing blot on our honor, on our steadfast defense of freedom, and on our commitment to democracy and the rule of law," Robert Edgar, the council's general secretary, said in a June 11 statement.

In a related issue, when the Pentagon announced June 15 that the 2,500th U.S. soldier had been killed in the Iraq war, FaithfulAmerica.org urged churches to ring bells on the weekend of June 24-25 to honor American dead. "They will toll as a tribute to the fallen and as a plea to the U.S. government to stop this war," said Faithful America director Vince Isner.

The renewed call to close the detention center in Cuba came after news that three inmates, two Saudis and a Yemeni, had hanged themselves in their cells. The detention center houses prisoners the U.S. has said may have been involved in terrorist activities. Most have been held without charges for up to four and a half years.

The Pentagon expelled reporters from the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald and the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer who had reported on the suicides. A Pentagon spokesperson said it had expelled them to be fair to other news outlets, which were denied requests to report from there as detention center officers became busier investigating the suicides and increasing security. …

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