Fundraising Week (Update): Please Support My Work on Guantánamo and Torture

3.3.10

The Guantanamo Files

Please support my work!

On Monday, I put out an appeal for financial support for my ongoing quest to expose the dark truths about Guantánamo and the “War on Terror,” which, for the last four years, has involved a concerted and consistent effort to fight back against the Bush administration’s insidiously successful rhetoric of fear and vengeance, and I’m renewing that appeal today.

My thanks to those who have contributed over the last few days, and if you’d like to join them, please click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal. All contributions are welcome. Readers can pay from anywhere in the world, but if you’re in the UK and want to help without using PayPal, you can send me a cheque (address here — scroll down to the bottom of the page).

As I have demonstrated time and again — and will continue to do so, with your help — Guantánamo was never a prison that contained “the worst of the worst,” but was, instead, a mistake of colossal proportions, in which at least 95 percent of those held had no connection to al-Qaeda or international terrorism, and were either completely innocent men, seized by the US military’s allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at a time when substantial bounty payments were widespread, or Taliban recruits, urged by sheikhs and facilitators in the Gulf to travel to Afghanistan to help the Taliban in its long-running civil war with the Northern Alliance.

Throughout all my work, I have attempted to bring the men’s stories to life, to overcome the general lack of interest in the mainstream media, and to insist that the vile innovations of the Bush administration — holding men neither as prisoners of war or as criminal suspects, but as a novel category of human being without rights, and introducing torture as an illegal, morally repugnant and useless way of making them talk — must be brought to an end, and that those responsible for implementing torture must be held to account, as stipulated by the UN Convention Against Torture.

When President Obama came into office last January, I believed, like many others, that Guantánamo would be closed within a year, but that has not happened, and, if anything, the struggle to highlight the ongoing injustice of Guantánamo is now harder than ever. Your financial support will help me to continue with this work — and also to continue calling for senior Bush administration officials to be held accountable for their actions, and to continue researching other stories, in particular those of “America’s Disappeared” — the men held in the CIA’s secret prisons, whose whereabouts have not been disclosed by the Obama administration, which still insists on looking forward, rather than dealing with the crimes of the recent past.

As I mentioned on Monday, if you can’t help out with a donation, please be aware that my book The Guantánamo Files (and my two previous books, The Battle of the Beanfield and Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion) are all available to buy from me if you’re in the UK (and are available elsewhere through Amazon and other retailers), and that copies of my documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash) are available on DVD, and can be dispatched anywhere in the world. As I also mentioned on Monday, any financial assistance you can provide will help me to cover the ongoing costs of taking the film on a UK tour without any financial backing.

Thanks for your continued support.

Andy Worthington
London
March 3, 2010

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (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 I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in January 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and launched in October 2009), and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer (The State of London).
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