Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison. Its continued operation shows that the “War on Terror” has not ended.

Tristan Taylor

January 12, 2022
Facebook Twitter Share
Reuters/Shane T. McCoy/Handout

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison. The facility was constructed as part of the United States’ “War on Terror” launched in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Far from being a “just” war to bring justice to victims of the 9/11 attacks, the “War on Terror” was a red herring and an attempt for U.S. imperialism to maintain its hegemony through military means. 

Brigadier General Michael Lehnert described those detained at Guantanamo Bay as the “worst of the worst.” This term was used to justify creating a prison facility not located on U.S. soil to allow the military to deny detainees their constitutional rights. The reality of that lie eventually was made clear, with eight of the first 20 detainees released by the time President George W. Bush left office. To date, none of the original detainees have ever been charged in the 9/11 attacks, proving that the U.S. lacked even a minimal amount of substantial evidence to back their claim that those detained were “the worst of the worst.” 

According to Human Rights Watch, approximately 780 people have been detained at Guantanamo, with only 16 people having ever been charged with criminal offenses. 

An International Symbol of Torture and Prisoner Abuse

In 2014, newly declassified and released documents showed that the “enhanced-interrogation techniques” — that is, torture — the CIA was implementing were “brutal,” and “far worse” than what the CIA had initially described.

In 2002, shortly after the facility’s opening, Abu Zubaydah became the first victim of this “enhanced interrogation,” which included shackling him in stress positions and confined spaces, prolonged sleep deprivation, and 83 episodes of waterboarding.

Shut It Down

Many have long demanded that the facility at Guantanamo Bay be shut down, including countless organizations like CODEPINK, ANSWER, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Amnesty International, and the ACLU, to name a few. Even former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the prison should be shut down, but with the caveat of “as soon as possible,” a line that Democratic Party leaders have been pledging since the Obama administration. 

And yet it remains open. 

The continued operation of Guantanamo Bay Prison has shown that, despite what the bourgeois press claims, the “War on Terror” has not ended in any meaningful way. Socialists should take up the demand to shut down the prison, and point out that only an anti-imperialist struggle independent of the Democrats, and based on the power of the working class and oppressed that systematically challenges global imperialism — U.S. imperialism in particular — can accomplish that. We must foster and tap into anti-imperialist sentiment among the working class, and make it clear that the United States military and its ever growing budget is why the working class is struggling to meet its basic needs.

Facebook Twitter Share

United States

In Standoff Over Cop City, Police Are the Real Terrorists

For over two years, the protests and occupations against a police training center in Atlanta, Georgia flew under the radar of the mainstream press. Now, after the police murder of land defender Manuel Teran and the arrest of 19 protesters on charges of domestic terrorism, the standoff has gained national attention. But in the battle to defend the Weelaunee Forest and the people of Atlanta from the development of the massive “Cop City” training center, it is the Atlanta Police Department and the state that have been acting like terrorists.

James Dennis Hoff

January 27, 2023

Say His Name! Justice for Tyre Nichols

As the video footage of the police murder of Tyre Nichols is released today, it will be important for everyone who is against police violence to stand in solidarity and defend and join in the mobilizations demanding justice for his murder.

Tristan Taylor

January 27, 2023
Republicans Matt Gaetz and Kevin McCarthy talk during the House Speakership votes.

The Rise of the Proto-Fascist Right Highlights the Crisis of the Whole System

The recent fight over Kevin McCarthy’s becoming Speaker of the House reveals how divided and polarized the Republican Party is. Out of this crisis, a proto-fascist wing of the Republican Party has emerged, strengthened and empowered after extracting concessions from the GOP establishment.

Ezra Brain

January 23, 2023
A meeting of the new Detroit Tenants Association

Tenants and Allies across Detroit Meet to Organize for Renters’ Rights

Tenants in Detroit are getting together to create a citywide organization to help fight against housing insecurity and slumlords and for renters’ rights.

Tristan Taylor

January 11, 2023

MOST RECENT

Amazon workers protesting the company's union busting.

Our Lives and Labor Stolen from Us: Reflections of a Black Amazon Worker

"A journal entry on my experience as a Black Amazon worker. I dedicate this entry to Tyre Nichols and to all victims of police and military violence here and abroad; our enemy is the same."

Carmin Maffea

February 1, 2023
Protesters in Paris over proposed pension reforms.

‘Robin Hood’ Strikes in France: Workers Provide Free Energy for Hospitals, Schools, and Low-Income Homes

Last week, energy workers in France provided free energy for hospitals, schools, low-income households, and libraries. They show that the working class holds the keys to the economy, and can put these resources in the service of society.

Otto Fors

February 1, 2023

No to NATO Tanks in Ukraine, Let’s Fight the Escalation!

Left Voice and our comrades in Germany issue a joint statement against NATO sending tanks to Ukraine. We call on the working class to organize against this reactionary war which continues to escalate.

Left Voice

January 31, 2023

Higher Ed Strike Fever: This Morning, Temple’s Grad Students Walked off the Job

TUGSA, organizing Temple University’s graduate students, walked out on strike this morning. Winning will take bottom-up organizing from Temple’s unions and undergraduates, shoulder to shoulder with TUGSA on the pickets.

Jason Koslowski

January 31, 2023