Andy Worthington


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses Obama’s broken promise to close Gitmo within a year, the enthusiastic U.S. embrace of rendition and torture after 9/11, the extralegal indefinite detention of innocent prisoners, endemic racism that makes torture less objectionable and the dangerous legal precedents established by failing to prosecute Bush administration crimes.

MP3 here. (29:47)

Andy Worthington writes for Counterpunch, the Future of Freedom Foundation and He is the author of The Guantanamo Files and blogs at His new documentary movie Outside the Law: Stories From Guantanamo is available on DVD.

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  1. According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge- Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 linked to GPS obtain a CEP (Circular Error Probability – – the radius centered on the target in which half the warheads are expected to hit) of 30 meters or less. And according to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Please see Robert C. Aldridge: Nuclear Empire, ch. 9). Even if the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.
    I hope you agree that the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is the most urgent problem because it inevitably leads to Launch On Warning.

  2. As Mr. Worthington (and You, Scott) point out early in the interview, I am sick and tired of all the wailing gnashing of teeth about republican'ts. In reality, it is those so called liberals to whom my anger and righteous indignation are even more directed.

    They played the game of complicity with the bush administration, as well as any loyal republican't. Then when they got the chance they elected a new liar in chief, who immediately from his cabinet appointments was playing a game of deceit. Even before his election he was sucking up to the ultimate cretin, joe lieberman, and soon thereafter, taking his cue from the israelis.

    Who in the heck are they to dictate policy to america which supports their genocide to the tune of $3 billion a year (that we know of).

    I'd like to see the israelis deported to Brooklyn, where they'd feel much more at home with the chassids who run the houses of prostitution (I lived in Brooklyn and saw their squalid hypocrisy), and as for obama and crew, impeachment should be off the table, and they, along with the previous administration, belong in the Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity.

    mr. constitutional lawyer must have been in the back of the school, rolling spliffs during class hours.

    mark aleshnick
    Okinawa, Japan

    1. The complicity-duplicity game.

      I believe the reason Congress no longer "Declares a State of War" is precisely for when things go badly – the Executive then bears (justly so) the criticism while Congressman Sumfucker can breezily explain his voting record as 'support for the troops' instead of support for the war.

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