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Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press) and serves as policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation. Visit his website at: www.andyworthington.co.uk.

Latest from Andy Worthington

Bushs Torture Program Began Ten Years Ago

Last month was the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo, and as this year progresses it is appropriate to remember that there will be other grim 10-year anniversaries to note. This week, one ...

Obama Considers Repatriating Foreign Prisoners from Bagram

Ten years ago, foreign prisoners, seized in other countries, began to arrive in the U.S. prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Some were held in a secretive part of the prison and had often passed through other ...

The Permanent Injustice of Guantánamo

When the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, opened on January 11, 2002, as part of the Bush administration’s global “war on terror,” in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it was not immediately apparent that it ...

A Tired Obsession with Military Detention Plagues American Politics

Before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, there were only two ways of holding prisoners — either they were prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, or they were criminal suspects, to be charged and subjected to federal ...

Conditions at Guantánamo Under Scrutiny

Last week, the Associated Press reported that officials at Guantánamo, stung by lawyers criticism of conditions in a disciplinary block known as Five Echo, had fought back against claims that the cells are too small to be ...

It Costs $72 Million a Year to Hold Cleared Prisoners at Guantánamo

Last week, the exorbitant expense of maintaining the Bush administrations war on terror prison at Guantánamo was revealed in the Miami Herald, where Carol Rosenberg explained that Congress provided $139million to operate the prison last year. With 171 ...

Trial at Guantánamo: What Shall We Do With the Torture Victim?

At Guantánamo this past Wednesday, one of the most notorious torture victims of the Bush administration Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was arraigned for his trial by military commission. He was charged with masterminding the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 ...

No End to the Shameful Treatment of Omar Khadr

This week, Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen and former child prisoner, was supposed to leave Guantánamo after nine years and three months in U.S. custody. No one thought that he would return to Canada as a free man because ...
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