Andy Worthington

‘Enemy Combatant’ Power Still Lives


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses his forthcoming documentary film Outside the Law, the developing story of Binyam Mohamed, the innocence of the vast majority of those held at Guantanamo over the years, the still-standing court ruling which upheld the “enemy combatant” power of the president and the continuing lack of process for those held in various U.S. dungeons in Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (45:10)

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

2 thoughts on “Andy Worthington”

  1. Closing Gitmo won’t change anything. Problem detainees will just be moved to Bagram, which is where all the new prisoners will be held. U.S. courts have no power there and Afghans won’t dare try to impose their rule of law, such as it is.

    Also I don’t understand why everyone is so shocked that the U.S. tortures. The CIA has always done it (documented in Legacy of Ashes among other places), especially during wars, but proxy wars and cold wars work for them. Now that the CIA is so malfunctional, the baton is passed to military special ops.

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