Andy Worthington – Guantánamo Events, Autumn 2008

24.9.08

The Guantanamo FilesAndy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press/the University of Michigan Press).

The following is a list of events that Andy is involved in this autumn:

Saturday September 27, 5.30 to 8 pm: From Ladbroke Grove to Guantánamo Bay: Iftar in Solidarity with Binyam Mohamed, the Last Londoner in Guantánamo Bay.
Venue: The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road, London, W10 5YG.

Speakers: Andy Worthington and Yvonne Ridley (journalist).

British resident Binyam Mohamed lived in Ladbroke Grove for over seven years, and worked at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre. Seized in Pakistan in April 2002, he has been imprisoned at Guantánamo since September 2004, and currently faces a trial by Military Commission (the system derided by Lord Steyn as a “kangaroo court”). Before that, he spent over two years in various torture prisons — 18 months in Morocco, where he was sent by the CIA and tortured on behalf of the US administration, and nine months in the CIA’s “Dark Prison” near Kabul and the US military prison at Bagram airbase.

More of his story — including his lawyers’ recent battle to secure access to evidence about his rendition and torture in the British High Court — can be found here and here, and on Reprieve’s website here. Andy will run through Binyam’s story, and explain why it is so disturbingly emblematic of the horrors of the US administration’s “War on Terror.”

As the organizers of this event explain: “The evidence against Binyam was extracted by torture. Come and learn about the plight of a local man and see what action you can take. In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Binyam should be with his local community. Come and join us for an evening of reflection on his plight followed by Iftar (post-fast meal).”

This is a public event, open to everyone. For more information, please email London Guantánamo Campaign or call Abdul Jalil on 07985 382188.
Click here for the London Guantánamo Campaign’s website, and click here for the Bring Binyam Home Facebook group.

Thursday October 2, 5.30 pm: Torture in Guantánamo.
Venue: The Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture, 111 Isledon Road, London, N7 7JW.

In this seminar at the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture, Andy will discuss the types of torture techniques used at Guantánamo, and the reasons that they were used. The talk will include accounts of the prisoners’ experiences, the disturbing reasons why the US administration’s flight from the Geneva Conventions prompted the introduction of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and the deep divisions between the White House and the CIA, on one hand, and other agencies, including the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, on the other.

For further information, please contact Hannah Rutledge at: Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture

Saturday October 4, 5 pm Eastern time: Online discussion of The Guantánamo Files on the Firedoglake Book Salon.

Andy will be discussing The Guantánamo Files online with readers of the respected US political blog Firedoglake in the Book Salon. Recent participants include Jane Mayer (The Dark Side), Sidney Blumenthal (The Strange Death of Republican America), and Bob Woodward (The War Within).

Thursday October 23, 8 pm: The Future of Guantánamo.
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship St., Brighton, BN1 1AF.

Speakers: Andy Worthington, Jackie Chase (Brighton Against Guantánamo) and Omar Deghayes (former Guantánamo prisoner).

Organized by the Brighton & Hove Fabian Society, this event will feature the speakers talking about Guantánamo past and present, and reflecting on its future just 12 days before the US Presidential election. See here for information on Omar’s horrendous experiences in US custody.

The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison is published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and see here for my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

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