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Prayer service for Guantanamo Prisoners

HILLCREST -- A dozen people gathered at St. Francis of Assisi Church Monday night to hold a prayer service in hopes that President Obama follows through on a campaign promise from four years ago.

Obama campaigned on a promise to close Guantanamo Bay, but today, that prison still remains open.  As part of the prayer service, a letter written by a prisoner was read detailing how he is tortured and stripped of his dignity. 

One hundred four of the prisoners are on a hunger strike that started back on February 6th, out of protest.

"I mean, how would you like to be in prison for over 10 years and you had no charges and hadn't been through a judicial process.  It's totally unfair," said Fr. Tim Taugher, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

"We say we pride ourselves in the U.S. on our Constitution and our sense of justice and yet we deny justice to these people," said Judy Homanich, member of Witness Against Torture.  "Most of the people in Guantanamo, for years now, have been cleared for release."

There are 166 prisoners being indefinitely detained, 86 of whom have been cleared for release. 


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