Andy Worthington


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses the ten-year-long miscarriage of justice at Guantanamo; why Obama hasn’t expended any political capital to close the prison or end military commissions; the mere six Guantanamo prisoners who have either accepted a plea deal or been convicted of a crime; and why the Obama administration won’t release USS Cole bombing suspect Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri even if he is acquitted, making a mockery of the “justice” system.

MP3 here. (19:47)

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,, 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.

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    Occupy Oakland
    “We understand that much of the conversation about last night will revolve around the question of violence (though mostly they mean violence to “property,” which is somehow strangely equated with harming human beings). We know that there are many perspectives on these questions, and we should make the space for talking about them.

    But let us say this to the cops and to the mayor: things got “violent” after the police came.

    The riot cops marched down Telegraph and then the barricades were lit on fire.

    The riots cops marched down Telegraph and then bottles got thrown and windows smashed.

    The riot cops marched down Telegraph and graffiti appeared everywhere.”

    The point here is obvious: if the police don’t want violence, they should stay the hell away.

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