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Urge Senate to vote to close Guantanamo

From our colleagues at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT):

November 19: For the first time in years, the Senate is considering legislation that has the potential to help our nation close Guantanamo. We expect a close vote on the key provisions, possibly as soon as today, so please call your senators today and ask them for their support.

Provisions in the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act would simplify the process for transferring detainees to other countries when doing so is in our national security interests. They would also allow for temporary transfers for medical treatment and allow transfers for trial.  These are humane provisions that will allow us to move toward closing Guantanamo. They are also common sense provisions that will save our country money.

Please call your senators today. You can reach them by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to each of your senators. You can say something like:

“Good afternoon, I am calling because I understand that the Senate will likely vote on provisions related to Guantanamo during the consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. I would like Senator _________ to support efforts to close Guantanamo and to oppose any amendment that would make it more difficult to close Guantanamo. Thank you.”

If you call, please tell NRCAT here.

Several prominent faith leaders, including Gerry Lee, director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, recently wrote to the Senate, expressing their support for these key provisions - read their letter here.

In addition to calling, you can also tweet: Call your senators to #CloseGitmo. Sample script at http://bit.ly/1aDOVtk Support #NDAA provisions to close #Guantanamo via @NRCATtweets

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