Last week, my friend Louise Gordon nominated an article of mine, “Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantánamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives,” for the 2011 3 Quarks Daily Prize in Politics and Social Science, which also includes a cash prize of one thousand dollars.
I wrote the article in March, examining, and pouring scorn on the right-wing judges in the D.C. Circuit Court, who have been overturning rulings granting Guantánamo prisoners’ habeas petitions in the lower court, and who have been doing so not because the trial judges were at fault, but for nakedly ideological reasons. This is an ongoing story of great significance, which is generally not given the coverage it deserves in the mainstream media.
I’m up against some stiff competition, from 55 other articles — and particularly from a handful of the other articles that are attracting support, so please, if you like my work, vote for “Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantánamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives.”
The page for voting is here — and I thank you in advance. My article is 8th on the list as you scroll down, and all you have to do is click on the bullet point next to it, and then click “vote” at the bottom of the page. It couldn’t be easier! Voting closes at midnight on December 10, and the final decision, to choose a winner from the 20 most voted for articles, will be taken by Stephen M. Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The winners (there are also second and third prizes of $300 and $200) will be announced on December 19.
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, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in June 2011, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see 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.
Thanks, Jackie. 192 votes now. Can we get to 200, before the end of the day?
Thank you, thank you, thank you, my friends. 244 votes! That’s over 20 percent of the total, and a clear lead for the article. I hope the judge appreciates it!
David J. Clarke wrote:
I had been getting just a little cynical about the utility of fb …this is more like it!
Thanks, David. That’s very reassuring.
And thanks, Ali.
What will u do with the money ?????
Well, I’d use it to fund my work, Jalebi — if I were to win, that is.
Now this prize money fever is over, is ur heartbeat regular now? Is ur blood pressure normal? you wanted this money so badly, I can hear violent sobs racking ur whole body. Cursing that bald professor?? That slaphead hasn’t been very fair to u, has he?
I could think of nicer ways of finding out that I didn’t win this competition, “Jalebi,” but I’d thank you not to make slurs against me. A friend of mine nominated me, so I publicized it, but it doesn’t bother me that I didn’t win.
Calm down Andy. Say cheese. Why are you so mad at me? I was just commiserating with you. Was trying to cheer you up so that u don’t feel bad about it. what’s wrong in that? You wanted to win the money for your noble cause so what if you didn’t win, better luck next time. that’s not the end of the world. Winning a competition is not essential to show the world that you are good enough.
You got me wrong sir, My humble, deepest, sincere apologies if my comment hurt you.
OK, then, thanks for the apology.
Sorry Andy you didn’t win. But please don’t take it to heart.
Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. Hahaha. Andy don’t participate in any other competition. It is very difficult to cope with losing and eventually the disappointment. You should have withdrawn your name as soon as it was nominated. And look how this whole episode left you in a foul mood. Please don’t pounce on me (like Jalaibee)and don’t hit the roof.
Thanks, Arlene, and Zach, I’m really not that bothered. I took exception to the comments, because they appeared to be antagonistic.
What about your son and wife, what was their reaction?Are they disappointed too? since you were almost sure to win?
Discussing my family is absolutely not relevant to my work, Oliver. And there was no way I was “almost sure to win.” I was nominated by people who liked my work, so that as the results went forward to the judge I had the largest number of votes, but that was all. It didn’t mean anything, beyond getting me through to the judging stage. I really do have better things to do with my life than dwell on this.
Andy I was not discussing your family, I was only asking to sympathize – there’s no need to bite my head off!
We supported u all the way in this, and now your benign tone has changed altogether. Why don’t you remove this page if you are so belligerent and churlish. And I offer no apologies for speaking my mind.
Oliver give him some time, he’ll recover. You must understand how he must be feeling. We are all like that sometimes, wanting to be left alone. Any attempt to brighten somebody is met with a rebuff.
My apologies. I’m not trying to bite anyone’s head off. I’m obviously just misinterpreting a lot of comments at the moment.
I second you Christie, he certainly needs a break.
Stupid people, he needed you only when he needed your votes, now he does not want anything to do with you, don’t u morons get that. Every one foolishly assumes that he is an agony uncle. You guys really deserve another snub from him.
Andy jalebi is ready to auscultate you and do your blood pressure and ECG. Lucky you Andy, lady providing free medical services to you. Wish I were that lucky.
Andy, people are asking because they are concerned about you. I don’t know about you but all these people who know you through your work feel that they are (like) your extended family. We care about you just as if you were a family member.
Competition or no competition I have the same kind of affection for you as I have for my dad and my brother.
Thank you. I really am sorry If I misinterpreted people’s comments. I’m probably a bit sensitive because I’ve had to put up with some personal attacks lately.
Andy my adorable brother, my chicken, my goat, a big smooch for you. Please don’t feel hurt, If you’re hurt we’ll be in pain too. That’s the difference between a friend and a sibling.
Thank you. That made me laugh — and that’s most welcome right now. I also have a terrible cold, and have been sleeping most of the last three days. Working too hard …
Season’s greetings, everyone!
Oh thank you Andy! you made my day☼. Sis☃ is always there for you. I have flu too. Get well soon. Your smile my lovely is joyous than the lights on the Christmas tree.
Get well, Veena, and Season’s Greetings to everyone, wherever you are.
Hi Andy don’t seem to be in a biting mood anymore. Thanks to these lovely ladies who managed to disarm you. Siblings do play an important part in your life. By your, I mean all of us not just you. So scared of your temper that have to explain everything.
Andy do you have any brothers or sisters? (plz don’t mind not discussing your family, just asking)
Happy Christmas, Andy are a christian? do u celebrate christmas, do u go to church to receive blessings?
Andy your attitude with those whom show intimacy with you is like don’t come too close. You don’t seem a very warm person, you are quite taciturn. Y do you want to keep a distance? You never reciprocate, why is that?
We want to know everything about you from A to Z, not just hearsay. Y r u so secretive, “i don’t want to discuss this i don’t want to discuss that”. Your life should be like an open book before us. The more you hide the more curious people become. If you suffered tell us about it and how you came through, so other people can benefit from your experience, you should be open about it.
Don’t tear me apart for saying all this. I think you should by now learn to trust your well wishers.
Worthington we are glad to help the prisoners but we are not ready to replenish your coffers. You are cashing in on the prisoners’s plight. You are too artful.
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.
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