President Barack Obama,
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
– Albert Einstein
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.”
– Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
There has always been a quixotic feeling to my writing these letters to you. As if on the 46th or 56th or whatever letter I send to you – you will suddenly see reason and close the military prison on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the ‘secret’ prison in Mogadishu in the basement of the Somali National Security Agency as well as the other secret prisons in Thailand, etc. around the world.
Of course, you have promised to close these prisons. And I have demonstrated in this blog that you as President of the United States have the authority, and capabilities through your office to do so. When someone promises to do something that they will not do – it usually means that they don’t really want to do that thing.
In Albert Einstein’s very famous quotation above he was speaking of science experiments – testing physical laws which are not subject to human whim, or courts of appeals. He was not speaking of people.
People do change their minds from time to time, they change and grow; sometimes for the better. A no may become a yes.
Sometimes it is not what is being asked – it is who is doing the asking. Perhaps there is someone on Earth who if they asked you to close Guantanamo, you could not refuse to do so. I just have to find that person.
I call on everyone who reads this blog – please ask President Obama to pardon the men our government has kidnapped, tortured, and held indefinitely. Please ask President Obama to task the Central Intelligence Agency to do that voodoo they do so well and relocate these men back with their families. Wouldn’t it be nice if our covert capabilities could be used to help people, instead of raining death and destruction onto them?
Please send your letters to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20050
You could go to The White House website and send a message to Barack Obama.
You could call The White House Comments Line at voice: 202-456-1111 or TTY: 202-456-6213 .
These men have suffered enough. Please let them go.
You could pardon them. You could do it today.