Every three months, I ask you, my friends and supporters, to provide financial assistance to help me to continue working as a freelance investigative journalist, exposing the lies and distortions used to keep Guantánamo open, and telling the stories of the men held there, to humanize them, and to help people understand how important it is for that dreadful icon of US lawlessness is finally closed. Regular readers will also be aware that I have branched out into commenting on the ongoing global economic crisis, and, in particular, the age of austerity cynically imposed in the UK by the Tory-led government, which is both savage and deluded.
With the kind help of 17 friends and supporters, I have so far raised $1450 to support my work over the next three months, three-quarters of which is completely unfunded, and is only possible with your help.
I am enormously grateful to those who have donated, and, on this last day of fundraising, I can only reiterate that all contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $50, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. Readers can pay via PayPal 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), and if you’re not a PayPal user and want to send a check from the US (or from anywhere else in the world, for that matter), please feel free to do so, but bear in mind that I have to pay a $10/£6.50 processing fee on every transaction. Securely packaged cash is also an option!
As has become apparent his week, with the US Supreme Court’s refusal to consider appeals submitted by seven Guantánamo prisoners, we have reached a low point in the story of Guantánamo, as all three branches of the US government have now failed the men still held there, and, in particular, the 87 men cleared for release by President Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force, but still held. With the Supreme Court refusing to challenge the D.C. Circuit Court’s right-wing scaremongering, and its rewriting of the rules to prevent any prisoner from having their habeas corpus petitions granted, there is now no way that Guantánamo can be closed — or for the majority of the men still held to be released — without renewed pressure from people who care.
I pledge to remain at the forefront of those making the effort to secure the closure of Guantánamo, and to free the men cleared for release up to eight years ago, and I hope you’ll stay with me for the rest of this long and arduous journey. I also pledge to keep campaigning against corrupt or idiotic politicians who continue to shield criminal bankers from accountability for the global economic crash of 2008, and who are cynically using callous austerity programmes to make most people’s lives so financially precarious that they dare not complain, and to push the poor, the unemployed and the disabled into absolute poverty.
June 15, 2012
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 April 2012, “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 please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
Thank you to the 22 friends and supporters who have donated $2100. I am profoundly grateful for your support. Just $400 more required to reach my target!
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