WHITE HOUSE PHONE NUMBER: 1-202-456-1414
Hold about 90 seconds for an operator, a real person, who will come on the line.
Getting Gitmo closed will be up to us, the people. In the video below, I outline a 2 phase plan for us to take action to get it done.
**In Phase I, we’ll ask the President to direct Secretary of Defense Hagel to use the national security waivers to repatriate the 86 men already cleared for release.
**In Phase II, we’ll ask Congress to pass a law authorizing the rest to be transferred to U.S. soil and tried in federal courts.
Then watch me call the White House and send Shaker Aamer a letter at Gitmo.
Sustained pressure will be the key to our progress, and the two components of pressure are requesting and reminding.
What are we reminding the President and Congress of? The fact that they work for us. The day you turn 18, you become the employer of 4 federal employees: the President, your 2 U.S. Senators, and your 1 U.S. Representative. Yes, elected officials have the authority, but we have the power — the power to keep them on the payroll or vote them out.
Film yourself calling the President, then tweet me the link @ Sarah__Reynolds (2 underscores). I’ll post your video on this page of my site. Also, suggested tweets for getting the hashtag #TransferThe86 are at the very bottom of this post.
Here is the text from my video which you can read when you make your phone call (don’t say you voted for him unless you did — see line 3):
Hi, my name is ______________ , and I’m calling from ____, __.
I’m calling today to thank the President for recently reiterating his commitment to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay [which was one of the reasons I vote for him [twice]]. I also want to remind him that no act of Congress is required to use national security waivers — as stated in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act — to transfer those 86 prisoners who have been cleared for release by the CIA, FBI, and Dept of Defense.
So I’m asking the President to please direct Secretary of Defense Hagel to issue these waivers and go before the Congress to explain that these men, who have never been charged or convicted of any crime, are not a threat to our national security, and that this has been safely determined by that interagency task force.
Thank you very much for your time.
Tweets to Copy/Paste during Phase I — remember, retweeting my tweets will not cause the hashtag to trend! Please copy and paste the text and tweet as your own handle. The goal is to tweet at least 1 tweet with the hash tag #TransferThe86 each night.
@WhiteHouse Please direct Sec of Def Hagel to use NatSecWaiver to transfer Shaker Aamer from GTMO. Legal today, no act of congress required. @WhiteHouse Gitmo detainee transfers to other countries can happen today under current law: section 1028 of FY 13 NDAA using Nat Sec Waivers