POSTSCRIPT: I’ve finally managed to post the article mentioned below, “Judge Rules Yemeni’s Detention at Guantánamo Based Solely on Torture.” This is part of my ongoing “Guantánamo Habeas Week” project, but it’s now more like “Guantánamo Habeas Fortnight,” as I still have articles to write about five more opinions, but lost most of today to the gremlins (see below).
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m unable to post anything substantial at present, as gremlins are sabotaging attempts to post full-length articles. I had hoped to post the latest installment of my “Guantánamo Habeas Week” project, but for now you’ll have to go elsewhere to find my analysis of the unclassified opinion in the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni prisoner Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, entitled, “Judge Rules Yemeni’s Detention at Guantánamo Based Solely on Torture.” It’s available at the Huffington Post, CounterPunch and AlterNet, and was cross-posted on Prison Planet, and I’m pleased to note the following comment on the Huffington Post, where GrumpyGrandpa wrote:
I have read Andy’s reporting on the inappropriately named “War on Terror” as long as I can remember. I have never commented on it before because it usually left me so nauseated and sick that I had to go lie down. I think that a better name for this whole Bush/Cheney butchery would have been the “War Using Terror.”
Some may say that Andy has been obsessive about Guantánamo and the other disgusting hell-holes around the world that have committed such atrocities. I am not one of them. The truth must be told no matter how ugly. And this is so ugly that the subsequent president refused to release the photographs of the victims of these barbaric acts because he feared that the photographs would spark massive worldwide retaliation against all US citizens. That tells you that the photographs must be horrendous, let alone what the atrocities were like to live through.
Andy deserves to have a Pulitzer Prize. If the Pulitzer people ever wake up and realize that the new media is going to drive their little club out of business, maybe they will include electronic media. I commend Andy and the Huffington Post for having the intestinal fortitude to publish what government undoubtedly wishes would just go away. This is a classic example of speaking truth to power.
I’m hoping that normal service will resume soon.
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 currently on tour in the UK), and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
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