At 1 am on Tuesday morning, with the jet lag barely diminished from my recent trip to the States to call for the closure of Guantánamo on the 9th anniversary of the prison’s opening, I was, nevertheless, delighted to talk to Chris Cook of Pacific Free Press on his Gorilla Radio show in Victoria, British Columbia.
The half-hour interview is here, and in it Chris and I talked about the disturbing solitary confinement of the alleged WikiLeaks source, Pfc Bradley Manning, the significance of WikiLeaks in the new media lansdscape of the 21st century, and, of course, about the latest abysmal news about Guantánamo, and President Obama’s inability to close the prison as promised, as I discussed in my recent articles Guantánamo Forever? and The Political Prisoners of Guantánamo, and also in appearances in Baltimore, in Washington D.C. (here, here and here), and also in a panel discussion in Washington D.C. at the New America Foundation.
As I have a lot on right now, I won’t go on about the show, but it was a pleasure to speak to Chris, and the show is available here if you have 30 minutes to spare.
If you have slightly longer, my interview was followed by an interview with Mike Ferner, peace activist, journalist, author, and president of Veterans for Peace. As Chris explained, Mike “visited Iraq shortly before America’s invasion of 2003, and returned again a year later, his impressions and experiences in Iraq forming the basis of his book, Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran for Peace Reports from Iraq. Ferner recently returned from Afghanistan, where he again visited the common people of a benighted land, documenting their extraordinarily difficult struggle.”
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) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. 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 July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Avera Bullchatter wrote:
Andy thank you for doing this work…Sooooo important!!!
Of course you’re right that the treatment of Bradley Manning is designed to ‘break him’ and pressure him into a plea bargain. The willingness of the US authorities to lean on a young man to provide probably-unreliable testimony against another individual speaks volumes.
Thanks for the comment, Naomi. Good to hear from you.
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