Church to President: Close GitMo

Church urges President Bush to restore constitutional integrity by allowing due process for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Washington, DC, June 15, 2008 --( In a letter sent today to President Bush, Archbishop Michael Seneco, presiding bishop of the North American Old Catholic Church, urged the president to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and to extend Constitutional Rights of due process to detainees.

The letter was prompted by the Supreme Court ruling handed down on June 12, 2008, that gave detainees at Guantánamo Bay access to US Courts.

In the letter, the Archbishop stated, "It's time to shut down Guantánamo Bay, and move proceedings to a civilian court of law or a traditional military court operating in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice where constitutional guarantees apply. We must also end indefinite detention without charge. Detainees who are not charged or convicted must be sent to countries where they will not be tortured or abused."

The Full text of the letter can be found at


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