Scott Horton Interviews Andy Worthington

Scott Horton, January 24, 2009

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Andy Worthington, author of the January 24th article “For Detainees, Obama Off to Good Start”, discusses Barack Obama’s initial executive orders regarding the closure of Gitmo and secret CIA prisons, the lengthy year-long review process for detainee trials, how the Bush administration’s torture policy ruined any opportunity to prosecute the few legitimate terrorism cases, the propaganda potential in the Pentagon’s loaded phrase “returned to the battlefield” and the relatively low recidivism rate of detainees released from Guantanamo compared to ordinary American civilian prisons.

MP3 here. (39:38)

Andy Worthington is a London-based historian and the author of The Guantanamo Files. His writing frequently appears on,, and

7 Responses to “Andy Worthington”

  1. Scott, glad to have you back on the air again. Been looking forward to your new interviews. However, I now have a small complaint: Ever since you moved to LA, the sound quality of your broadcasts havn’t been the same.

    In particular, there’s some very annoying clipping (distorsion) which sadly makes your interviews virtually unlistenable for me, however interesting they may be.

    Could something be done about this? I’m sure you just need to turn the gain down a few notches or something like that.

    Thanks! And best of luck with the whole LA-business. :)

  2. Yeah, it sucks. I’m working on it…

  3. Gates said that Iran is hellbent on achieving nuclear weapons. Obama has twice said that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Even the CIA and the UN inspectors in Iran can find NO EVIDENCE for that claim. This repeated lie may lead to war. With zero evidence that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, why do all obtions remain on the table ? If they are simply mad, there´s no hope. Iran has done nothing illegal, so the UN sanctions are ILLEGAL. The bottom line is war if Iran is pursuing nuclear war. But obviously it´s as much a BIG LIE as the WMD in Iraq. It´s too much. It´s NOW you should mail all Congressmen and protest this war-promoting lie.

  4. Great stuff as always, Scott.
    Another worthy interview on this subject would be the estimable Allan Nairn. Keep up the good work.

  5. I wonder if you can share this announcement with your colleagues.

    “Visions may be moral, political, economic, religious, or social. In these or other realms, we sacrifice for our visions and sometimes, if need be, face ruin rather than betray them. Where visions conflict irreconcilably, whole societies may be torn apart. Conflicts of interests dominate the short run, but conflicts of visions dominate history. We will do almost anything for our visions, except think about them.”
    Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, xii.

    Re: Religion and Conflict symposium
    Dear Religion and Psychology Colleagues;
    Differences in visions stand at center in the major international and national crises currently whether in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, or elsewhere.
    Whether mass killing, genocide, or intractable conflict ideology is usually present and plays important role. By ideology (political, religious, social or some other) we mean visions of social arrangements and human relations that provide meaning and hope for a group. These ideologies can identify others as enemies who stand in the way of the ideology’s fulfillment.
    Part of the ‘Visions in Conflict’ series, midyear conference of American Psychological Association Division 36 Psychology of Religion will host a symposium addressing RELIGION and CONFLICT. The symposium takes place April 3-4 2009 at Loyola College, Maryland USA.
    APA Division 36 Psychology of Religion invites theologians, psychologists, and other religious professionals to participate by addressing ways to mediate conflicting religious visions. Interested professionals should forward a note of interest and summary of presentation. Please share this email with colleagues.
    Brian C. Alston
    APAGS Member American Psychological Association (APA)
    Member Division 36 Psychology of Religion
    Member Division 19 Military Psychology
    Member Division 38 Health Psychology
    The idea behind ‘Visions in conflict’ is to encourage persons across a broad academic spectrum to write, read, and think about the challenges of understanding, forgiveness and creative conflict resolution with respect to national and international crises. We are engaging constantly writers and conference venues.

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