Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses the resurgent torture propaganda in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death; why torture is still only useful for gathering false confessions and bad information; the unedifying nationalistic chest thumping over bin Laden; how civilian criminal trials sufficed for the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, but somehow are no longer tough enough for terrorism since 9/11 and Guantanamo “changed everything;” and how government lawlessness, torture and Gitmo have been enshrined in US law and culture thanks to Obama not changing policies or holding the Bush administration accountable.
MP3 here. (22:44)
Andy Worthington writes regularly for newspapers and websites including the Guardian, Truthout, Cageprisoners, and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He writes occasionally for the Daily Star, Lebanon, the Huffington Post, Antiwar.com, CounterPunch, AlterNet, and ZNet. He is the author of The Guantanamo Files and writes an eponymous blog. He directed the documentary movie Outside the Law: Stories From Guantanamo.