close gitmo

It looks like Obama might be getting ready to shut it down anyway, but, just in case, the ACLU launched a Close Gitmo campaign today with a full-page ad in the New York Times reminding him of his campaign promise… Assuming you agree that Guantanamo should be closed, you can sign the ACLU petition here.

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  1. mark
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Given that he’s a professor of constitutional law, it wouldn’t surprise me if he started his reforms with Gitmo. It also doesn’t surprise me that the ACLU would try to get in one more big campaign before Obama takes over. I suspect that the Obama years are going to be considerably worse for their fund-raising. And I don’t say that to insult the ACLU – I’m a member and I like what they do. It’s just the reality of the situation.

  2. K
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    It would be a wonderful message to the world if that was the first damn thing he did.

  3. Brackache
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Kudos for holding him accountable, just in case.

  4. Paw
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    We should keep Gitmo as a teaching facility. All elected officials from now on should be sent there to spend a few days before being sworn in.

    Or we could make a deal with Bush/Cheney that we won’t prosecute if they promise to go to Gitmo on January 20 and never again step foot in the continental United States. And we should all be able to watch them on web cameras.

  5. Old Goat
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Give it to the Cubans and close the Naval Base.
    Time to end the stupid stand-off with the old and ailing Castro. Maybe they can use it for a hurricane shelter.

  6. Schlomoid
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I fear my first Cuban Cigar may be more disappointing than my first beejer.

    It’s the unrealistically high expectation that does that.

  7. Steve Swan
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 8:13 am | Permalink


    I’d love to hear more about this traumatic first beejer experience. I’m currently working on a video project called “Disappointing First Time Beejer Experiences” and i might be interested in working in your story. It’s all dramatic reenactments like on Americas Most Wanted but with graphic sex. It’s a totally new genre.


  8. Schlomoid
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 11:21 am | Permalink


    Unfortunately, I’m afraid it would look like a normal beejer experience to an observer. It was my own internal expectation that let me down, not the external action. Kind of like the internal version of Jihad vs. blowing people up, except with beejers.

  9. let 'im sleep
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Um, Obama’s not even president yet…why are they hassling him already?

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