Andy Worthington


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses George W. Bush’s admission that he emphatically approved of waterboarding – with the unsupported caveat that it saved lives, the post-9/11 US torture regime designed to extract “evidence” linking al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, tracing DHS orange alerts back to false confessions of torture victims, how Congress essentially jails scheduled-for-release Guantanamo prisoners for 2 weeks while vetting their releases, the abolition of accountable and limited government thanks to Obama’s refusal to “look back” at the Bush administration’s lawlessness and how the British got their own Abu Ghraib-type scandal.

MP3 here. (38:54)

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

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  1. So now, like the later Roman Empire, we have two justice systems. One, the traditional judge and jury, where people are innocent till proven guilty, is for the rich and well-connected, what Romans called the honestiores. For ordinary folk, the humiliores, there's the tribunal system, where everyone is tortured into a confession, and everyone is automatically guilty. Don't think it's only for other people; it's for YOU.

  2. Is there any question that Uncle Sam is a criminal organization?

    Recall that scene from The Godfather? How did it go? With apologies:

    Michael: "My father is a businessman, Kay; a senator."

    Kay: "Businessmen and senators don't have men killed, Michael!"

    Michael: "Who's being naive now, Kay?"

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