Wednesday, February 08, 2006

All Christians Are Not Treated As Equals

I found this at Sacraments Wholesale

Seven Christians protesting the denial of rights to prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have been served papers by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and face jail terms of up to 10 years.

This is despite the fact that their trip was a response to a challenge by the US president that those concerned with the conditions there should go down and 'take a look'.

The group of twenty-four U.S. Christians, part of the group Witness Against Torture, marched over 60 miles to the Naval Base in an attempt to practice the Christian act of prisoner visitation.

The group camped and fasted for four days at the gate of the militarised zone while awaiting access to the base.

Five hundred prisoners are currently detained by the U.S. government in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Human rights organizations and released detainees have documented torture and extreme prisoner abuse at the base, but the Bush administration asserts that Guantánamo is beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. and international courts of law.

In a response sent through the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture refused to answer OFAC's questions, maintaining that the true crime is the torture and abuse of civilian prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Guantánamo, not the violation of the travel ban on Cuba.

As the U.S. prohibits travel to Cuba, Witness Against Torture members risk a maximum of 10 years in prison or a 0,00 fine for their actions to bring attention to U.S. practices in Guantánamo.

However, their actions were a response to a statement by George W Bush that those concerned with the conditions there should go down and 'take a look'.

Other "Christians" get their own legislation.

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