Ilhan Omar calls for closing of Guantanamo Bay, calls it “a moral stain on our country”

In a new Op-Ed for Teen Vogue, Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

Omar writes in the Op-Ed:

Twenty years ago today, the United States brought to the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the first of the nearly 800 Muslim men and boys it would eventually hold captive there. In that sense, January 11 is an anniversary. I prefer not to characterize it that way, though, because any word that can sometimes be synonymous with celebration should never be used to describe these last two decades of lawlessness and cruelty at Guantánamo Bay detention camp.

Today is a day to reflect, and to act.

I reflect on what scores of men lost when the United States tortured them, systematically dismantling their identity and humanity. I reflect on what the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks lost — any possibility of fair and impartial justice — when the United States decided to trade away decency and the rule of law for torture and indefinite detention. And I reflect on our refusal to hold anyone meaningfully accountable for these acts.

Omar tweeted the article along with writing “The Guantanamo Bay prison is a moral stain on our country. The ongoing detention goes against the most basic standards of justice, and continues to damage lives and our reputation around the world.”