Please Read My Latest Article for Al-Jazeera, on Obama and Trump, Guantánamo and Torture

16.12.16

A screenshot of my latest article for Al-Jazeera on the website.Dear friends and supporters,

I hope you have time to read Obama v Trump on Guantánamo and torture, my latest article for Al-Jazeera, and to share it if you find it informative.

Al-Jazeera asked me to compare and contrast the president and the president-elect in relation to Guantánamo, giving me an opportunity to run through the history of President Obama’s failures to close the prison, as he promised when he first took office in January 2009. I also briefly discussed Obama’s position on torture, and compared and contrasted Donald Trump’s views.

President Obama has repeatedly blamed Congress for his failure to close the prison, but in fact he had control of Congress in his first two years in office, but failed to capitalise on it, and later, although Congress raised considerable obstacles to his efforts to close the prison, he refused to use a waiver that existed in the legislation allowing him to bypass Congress, and he also refused, at any point, to make the closure of the prison a priority to the extent that he was prepared to properly challenge Congress and work with supportive lawmakers to find a way to get Guantánamo closed.

As the tag line for the article stated, “Obama didn’t want to spend political capital to close Guantánamo, leaving it fully functional for Trump to use.”

I’d discuss the article more, but I’d prefer you to read it — and, as I mentioned above, to share it and tweet it if you like it.

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album ‘Love and War’ and EP ‘Fighting Injustice’ are available here to download or on CD via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative, launched in January 2016), the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — 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. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

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9 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Here’s my latest, a quick post promoting my new article for Al-Jazeera looking at Obama’s history regarding Guantanamo and torture, and what we might expect from Donald Trump. Although I worry about what Trump might do, I am particularly disappointed that President Obama didn’t work harder, earlier in his presidency, to get Guantanamo closed.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    When Ann Alexander shared the Al-Jazeera article, she wrote:

    Another great article by Andy Worthington

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Ann! Trying to get the word out!

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    When Amy Phillips shared this, she wrote:

    Read the latest from Andy Worthington.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for sharing, Amy. Very happy to be writing for Al-Jazeera, to try and reach a significant audience!

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Amy Phillips wrote:

    Yes, I think it’s great that it’s appearing in Al-Jazeera!

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Amy. Yes, I’m trying to get some momentum going. My last Al-Jazeera article was in October: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/10/guantanamo-torture-victims-allowed-visit-161002094041483.html

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Rose Ann Bellotti wrote:

    Truly excellent analysis.

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Rose. That’s greatly appreciated!

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