Gareth Porter

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Gareth Porter easily destroys the claims Cheney Cabal, the Democrats and the media’s about Iran’s actions inside Iraq, the “presumption of guilt” established by the Imperial Senate’s passing of the Lieberman-Kyle resolution and explains the new jargon behind the White House’s Iran policy, what it means, who on the inside is resisting and what the American people can do about it.

MP3 here. (52:33)

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Scott McConnell

American Conservative magazine editor Scott McConnell discusses the paleo-conservative antiwar movement, the neconservatives and the Republican Party, his own roots as a neocon before turning against interventionism at the end of the Cold War, his new article “Algeria: The Model,” and the end of American empire.

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Scott McConnell founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002. A Ph.D.in history from Columbia University, he was formerly the editorial page editor of the New York Post and has been a columnist for Antiwar.com and New York Press. His work has been published in Commentary, Fortune, National Review, The New Republic, and many other publications.

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Gareth Porter

Historian and investigative reporter Gareth Porter discusses the McCain-Lieberman resolution which recently passed the U.S. Senate, the falsehoods upon which it is based, the Democrats loyalty to the War Party the possibility of open warfare against Iran, the 2003 peace offer [.pdf], the consequences of its rejection for the war against al Qaeda, Biden’s plan to split Iraq in three.

MP3 here. (30:25)

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Robert Draper

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Robert Draper, national correspondent for GQ magazine and author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, discusses the access he was allowed to the White House while writing his book, the firing of Donald Rumsfeld, the president’s relationship with his father, certainty about everything he does and fear of ghosts.

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Robert Draper has been a national correspondent for GQ magazine for the past decade, and prior to that was senior editor at Texas Monthly. He lives in Washington, D.C. He is author of a novel, Hadrian’s Walls (Knopf), and the biography Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History.

Steve Clemons

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Steve Clemons, author of the Washington Note blog and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses his belief that President Bush is not yet completely on board with Vice-President Cheney’s plan for war with Iran, some phone calls he received from “very senior administration officials” that confirmed his recent article along those lines, the continuing fight between the neocons and everyone else, the continuing danger of a Cheney end-run and a war begun “accidentally” and then made large, the role that Robert Gates is playing in checking Cheney’s power, the recent demonization of Iran’s president and the need for people to influence the Congress to stand up to the presidency on issues of war.

MP3 here. (19:09)

Steven Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President.

Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note, Mr. Clemons is a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center.

Joseph Cirincione

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Joseph Cirincione, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons, discusses the true nature of Syria, North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs, the neoconservatives lies about them, their motives, the Cheney Cabal’s attempted end run around the president, the willingness of the mass media to continually repeat whatever the government says about Iran, the fragility of the UN’s non-proliferation regime and the possibility of a nuclear war against Iran.

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Joseph Cirincione is Senior Fellow and Director for Nuclear Policy at CAP and author of the new book, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007). Prior to joining the Center in May 2006, he served as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for eight years. He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iran Nuclear Crisis (Center for American Progress, March 2007), Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (Second Edition, 2005), and Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005). He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Bill Sammon

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Bill Sammon, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner and author of The Evangelical President: George Bush’s Struggle to Spread a Moral Democracy Throughout the World, discusses Bush’s advising of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the indisputable fact that the Democrats have absolutely no intention whatsoever to end the war in Iraq, Bush’s “legacy” and the possibility of war with Iran.

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Bill Sammon is Senior White House Correspondent for The Washington Examiner, a political analyst for Fox News Channel, and the author of three New York Times bestsellers: At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election; Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism from Inside the White House; and Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry and the Bush Haters. Bill is a frequent guest on shows like “Special Report with Brit Hume,” “Fox News Sunday” and “Hannity and Colmes.”

Robert A. Pape

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Robert A. Pape, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and author of the study Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, explains why it is that suicide bombers do what they do: To rid their land of foreign combat forces. That’s it. Not religion. Not virgins in Heaven. Not Democracy. Not Freedom™. Not women’s rights… Occupation.

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Robert A. Pape is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs. His publications include Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (Random House 2005); Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell 1996), “Why Economic Sanctions Do Not Work,” International Security (1997), “The Determinants of International Moral Action,” International Organization (1999); “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” American Political Science Review (2003); and “Soft Balancing against the United States,” International Security (2005). His commentary on international security policy has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, as well as on Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Before coming to Chicago in 1999, he taught international relations at Dartmouth College for five years and air power strategy for the USAF’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies for three years. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. His current work focuses on the causes of suicide terrorism and the politics of unipolarity.

Patrick Graham

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/2007-09-24patrickgraham.mp3]

Patrick Graham discusses his new article for Macleans about America’s renewed alliance with Saddam’s old Iraqi Ba’athists, the “redirection” against the Shi’ites that the U.S. has been supporting since 2003 in the name of containing Iran, how they’re only sowing further disaster, the vitriolic hatred and willful ignorance of the red-state fascist, Bush worshiping, Kool-Aid drinking, 29% dead-enders and his experience observing Blackwater mercenaries in Iraq.

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Patrick Graham is a Canadian freelance journalist who worked in Iraq from November 2002 until August 2004 for the Observer, Harper’s and the New York Times magazines. Previously he was a foreign reporter for the National Post. He is writing a book about his experiences.

Ira Chernus

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Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the author of Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin discusses some of the various narratives the state sells us in order to continue the war.

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Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado. He is the author of several books, including Dr. Strangegod: On the Symbolic Meaning of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Madness: Religion and the Psychology of the Nuclear Age.

Greg Palast

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_09_21_palast.mp3]

Investigative reporter and author Greg Palast explains how Bush’s prop Sheikh Abu Risha was a nobody before he got blown up, how the real power among the Sunni tribal leaders operate and the ease with which they dominate the al Qaeda in Mesopotamia types, the horrible ethnic cleansing of Shia by the newly U.S. backed Sunni insurgency in Anbar, the proxy war for control of OPEC, the battle between the neocons and the oilmen, why he thinks there won’t be a war with Iran and the kid that got tasered for asking Kerry questions out of Armed Madhouse.

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse (Penguin 2006). His first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers. Author of another New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George. His reports on the theft of election 2004, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq’s oil fields have won him a record six “Project Censored” for reporting the news American media doesn’t want you to hear. He returned to America to report for Harper’s magazine.

Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen, “Freedom Scholar” at AEI explains why America ought to help the people of Iran overthrow our government, falsely claims he was opposed to the war in Iraq, argues that Bush will not attack Iran, denies any connection to the Niger uranium forgeries, and falsely denies advocating war against Iraq again.

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Michael Ledeen writes at the National Review Online and advocates regime change from the American Enterprise Institute.

Gordon Prather

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Nuclear physicist and Antiwar.com regular Dr. Gordon Prather discusses the history of American nuclear weapons policy, how Israel’s attack on Iraq’s IAEA safeguarded Osirirk nuclear plant in 1981, drove Hussein’s program underground, the IAEA’s monitoring of Iran’s current nuclear program and Mohamed ElBaradei’s attempts to work things out, his worry that the U.S. may use nuclear weapons against Iran and that besides being a horrible slaughter it would reveal the uselessness of America’s nuclear arsenal for the whole world to see, the disloyalty of the neocons to Ronald Reagan over USSR policy, and his true motivations for writing what he writes.

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Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. — ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Charles Goyette

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Antiwar Radio host Charles Goyette explains how central banking and empire have destroyed the U.S. dollar, some history regarding the gold standard, the confluence of interests which came together for the war in Iraq, how the fed transfers the wealth from the working and middle classes to the plutocrats and the true costs of war.

Steve Clemons

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Steve Clemons, director of the Strategies Program at the New America Foundation and author of the influential blog TheWashingtonNote, discusses his view that the president is seeking a “third option” and is not yet on board with Dick Cheney’s plan to bomb Iran.

Clemons also breaks the story that in a personal discussion with former South Korean President Kim De-Jung on Tuesday he was told that the current South Korean Foreign Minister has informed him that their government believes there is no merit at all to the recent claims that the North Koreans have been working with Syria on nuclear technology and that this is an effort by the neoconservatives to derail the six-party talks.

Steven Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President.

Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note, Mr. Clemons is a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center.

Aneesh Raman

Aneesh Raman, CNN’s Middle East correspondent, from Baghdad, discusses Blackwater’s and other mercenaries’ impunity in Iraq and the farce of Iraqi and for that matter American sovereignty over their behavior and the possibility of war with Iran and why it’s a bad idea.

MP3 here. (14:00)

Aneesh Raman is CNN’s Middle East correspondent, based in the network’s Cairo Bureau, a position he has held since November 2006. Prior to moving to Cairo, Raman was based in Baghdad as a correspondent from June 2005. While there, Raman extensively covered the on-going conflict in the region, including the political process, the trial, verdict and sentencing of Saddam Hussein. He was also embedded with US forces and reported on the impact on the Iraqi people of the nation’s on-going struggle.

Carolyn Eisenberg

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Carolyn Eisenberg of Historians Against the War and United for Peace and Justice discusses the state of the current American antiwar movement and how best to pressure the Congress.

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Carolyn Eisenberg is a professor of history at Hofstra University and a visiting professor at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Drawing the Line: The American Decision to Divide Germany.

Gareth Porter

Historian and reporter Gareth Porter discusses the lack of evidence for the Cheney regime’s accusations about Iran engaging in a “proxy war” against the U.S. in Iraq, Centcom commander Admiral Fallon’s distaste for the “chickensh*t” General Petraeus and opposition to war with Iran, Badr-Sadr and the Maliki government, Rice’s capitulation to Cheney and the lack of any real organized opposition to the next war.

MP3 here. (54:43)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and foreign policy analyst. He is also a Foreign Policy In Focus scholar. His book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, is published in May 2005 by University of California Press.

Anthony Gregory

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The Independent Institute’s Anthony Gregory discusses the long and bloody history of the expansion of the American empire across this continent and various attempts to create a North American Union over the years.

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Anthony Gregory is a writer and musician living in Berkeley, California. He is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, a policy adviser for the Future of Freedom Foundation, a columnist for LewRockwell.com and a contributor to Antiwar.com. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UC Berkeley, where he was president of the Cal Libertarians. See his webpage for more articles and personal information.

Andrew Tilghman

Former Stars and Stripes reporter Andrew Tilghman discusses “al Qaeda in Iraq,” the different players’ motives for playing up their influence, the new redirection toward the Sunnis, and the Samara mosque bombings.

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Andrew Tilghman was an Iraq correspondent for the Stars and Stripes newspaper in 2005 and 2006.

Michael Scheuer

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/07_09_10_scheuer.mp3]

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“Well, you know, the only people taking ‘marching orders’ from Osama bin Laden, as far as I can tell, are every presidential candidate (Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush) except Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul has it very square about what the motivation of our enemy is, and it’s certainly exactly what he said it is, intervention. …

“Really, it is the American political establishment that is marching to al Qaeda’s beat, not Mr. Paul.”

Michael Scheuer, former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Imperial Hubris, discusses:

  • His view of the legitimacy of the new bin Laden tape and the mention of his book
  • His belief that current U.S. foreign policy is exactly what bin Laden wants and that Rep. Ron Paul M.D. has the best understanding of the enemy’s motivations and how to deal with them
  • The sad fact that bin Laden wins whether America leaves Iraq now or later
  • The “near” and “far” enemy
  • The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and what he believes should be done there
  • Why he believes that al Qaeda wants to detonate a nuke here
  • His support for the conclusions of Robert A. Pape in his book Dying to Win that suicide bombing is caused by foreign occupation and view of the role religion plays in al Qaeda’s motivation (they believe they’re defending theirs)
  • The role of the mujahedeen in the 1999 Kosovo War
  • The lack of threat posed to America by Syria and Iran and of cooperative links between Iran and al Qaeda
  • The expansion of the war to Africa
  • The impossibility of an “al Qaeda in Iraq” takeover in the event of U.S. withdrawal
  • The degree of the danger that AQI represents in the long term
  • The review by he and his CIA colleagues of the evidence of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda before the Iraq war and their report to George Tenet that there were none
  • His view that the vast majority of post-9/11 domestic terrorism prosecutions have been bogus cases of entrapment
  • Closed borders

Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author of Through Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.

Scott’s previous interviews of Scheuer.

Ron Paul’s Reading List for the Farsighted.

Gareth Porter

Historian and investigative reporter Gareth Porter discusses Iran’s need for civilian nuclear power, why U.S. belligerence is the most important factor in determining whether they will eventually seek nuclear weapons technology, how the gaining of atomic weapons encouraged caution in Chinese foreign policy in the 1960’s, the fact that the Ayatollahs are no less rational than the Cheney Cabal, Cheney’s pressure on Clinton to lift sanctions against Iran in the 1990’s, the corrupting influence of power on man’s reasoning abilities, Cheney’s impossible demand that Iran prove a negative, IAEA Director ElBaradei’s attempt to take the issue back from the UN Security Council by convincing the Iranians to answer the few remaining questions about their program, the election of reformer Rafsanjani to be chairman of the Council of Experts, the bogus accusations that the government of Iran is supplying the new and improved EFP land mines in Iraq, Cheney’s plot to use them as a casus belli, the possibility that General Casey had refused to go along with the February debut of this round of lies, the traditional split between the Sadr and Hakim factions and their relative states of allegiance to Iran.

MP3 here. (46:30)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and foreign policy analyst. He is also a Foreign Policy In Focus scholar. His book, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, is published in May 2005 by University of California Press.

Eric Boehlert

American TV and Print Give Up Covering the War

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Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America and author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush, discusses the American TV and print media’s abandonment of the Iraq war story despite the fact that it remains the topic Americans are most interested in.

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A senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and a former senior writer for Salon, Boehlert’s first book, “Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush,” was published in May.

Matt Taibbi

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Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine discusses the unbelievable extent of the Republicans’ corruption in Iraq and the complete and total lack of accountability.

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Matt Taibbi is a roving national reporter and columnist for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire, a collection of his writings about the 2004 election. He lives in New York City.

Andrew Bacevich

Iraq and Vietnam

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Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University and author of The New American Militarism, and The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II, discusses the president’s comparison of Iraq to Vietnam, and some realistic ones.

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Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he received his Ph. D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Bacevich is the editor of The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007). His previous books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002), The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire (2003), and The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005). His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The American Conservative, and The New Republic . His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among other newspapers.

Andy Worthington

Jose Padilla and the Descent Into Tyranny

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Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, discusses the Padilla case and the destruction of 800 years of Anglo-American legal tradition (and patiently listens as Scott goes on and on – sorry).

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Andy Worthington is a British historian, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (to be published by Pluto Press in October 2007).