Witness Against Torture spent the last two weeks in Washington protesting the failure of the Obama administration to act on its promise to close the shameful US gulag in Cuba. The media yawned, but, if we choose to look, at least we can see these protesters.
According to human rights lawyer Andy Worthington, prisoners at Guantanamo were carrying on their own protest at the same time. A prisoner was able to tell pass on to his lawyer the following account:
There's an amazing faith in those words -- a belief that people are good, that if they paid attention to the prisoners (who have not been convicted by any tribunal but some kangaroo military boards) as other human beings they'd object to their treatment, that even the United States government should be able to admit mistakes.
Maybe we should be glad that there has been so little media attention to protests in DC or Guantanamo. If these events were more publicized, the government might simply end phone calls to lawyers.
I'm reminded of an observation by Eleanor Roosevelt:
Even if the administration has given up on closing Guantanamo and repudiating indefinite detentions without trial, we can't.