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sing4peace BS: My birthday wish? Shut down Guantanamo (13) RE: BS: My birthday wish? Shut down Guantanamo 06 Oct 09

Thank you for your wishes -

As I mentioned above, I share my birthday with Phil Berrigan. At least, I used to until he passed away in December,2002. I thought you would appreciate seeing how Phil's family still keeps their eyes on the prize.

This is a link from the UPI coverage of the demonstration in Washington, DC yesterday.

According to Phil's daughter, Frida, the D.C. police charged on horseback through the crowd of peaceful demonstrators - some with babies in carriages. At least fifty people were arrested.

Obama has already said that he intends to detain some prisoners indefinitely without trial as their testimony might prove embarrassing to the US due to confessions obtained through torture. It doesn't look as if Guantanamo is shutting down in the near future. Here in Rhode Island, our Governor just sent off 200 National Guard military police officers for deployment at Guantanamo Bay for the next year.

For a picture of the flower and banner I left on the barbed wire fence outside off the 169th military police barracks here in my home town: The photos are labeled: how I spent my birthday.

This is no time to be silent (but I did take some time for some birthday cake and a special wish as I blew out the candles...)

In peace and song,

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