Close Guantanamo, Says Anti-torture Group

Religious leaders have renewed their call to Congress seeking the immediate closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The prison “is the symbol of our country’s violation of our deepest values” and must be closed immediately, the group of more than 40 religious leaders said in a letter of Nov. 12 to congressional leaders from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. The Guantánamo Bay prison “stands in the minds of hundreds of millions of people in our nation and around the globe as a place where America broke faith with itself and used torture as an interrogation technique,” the letter said. Closing the prison now rather than later will allow the country to begin to heal spiritually and “put an end to this dark and errant chapter in our history,” the leaders wrote.

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