Echoing the case of Murat Kurnaz, Lakhdar Boumediene, a former Guantanamo detainee shares his story in the NY Times. Both were detained illegally, for no reason, in violation of human rights, in US detention camps (Murat Kurnaz for 5 years and Lakhdar Boumediene for 7 years). Both were given no explanation for their detainment. In other news, President Obama (who promised to close Guantanamo) signed the NDAA on 12/31/2011, which according to Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, makes closing Guantanamo "nearly impossible". This is because "before anyone can be released, the Defense Department has to certify that the individual will not engage in any hostile acts when they are returned something that the Defense Department cannot certify". This seals the fate of the 171 remaining Guantanamo prisoners and other detainees throughout the world and probably locks in plenty of perfectly innocent people for the rest of their lives. If you do not agree with this, you can participate in an Amnesty International action.