Posted on Fri, Feb. 10, 2006
Raleigh woman receives government letter about trip to Cuba
RALEIGH, N.C. – A Raleigh woman who tried to visit detainees at the
Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba last year has received a questionnaire
from the federal government about the trip.
Sheila Stumph was one of 10 protesters who got the letter last month
from the U.S. Treasury Department. She and her husband, Scott Langley,
were among 24 protesters who flew to Cuba in December and tried to visit
They were stopped at the gate of the base, but stayed there, fasting and
camping for four days.
The protesters could be charged with violating the travel ban to Cuba,
which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine.
“We went to Guantanamo for two purposes,” Stumph said. “One, to publicly
declare our opposition to torture and illegal detainment. And two, we
hoped to visit the prisoners there, a work of mercy in the Catholic
About 490 terrorism suspects are at the base, where suspects have been
detained since January 2002.
Langley didn’t receive a letter.