The Guantánamo Files: Andy Worthington’s US dates March 2008


The Guantanamo FilesAndy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, is visiting the US in the second week of March to speak at the following two events (see below).

For media enquiries about Andy’s visit, please contact Mary Bisbee-Beck ( or Stephanie Grohoski ( at the University of Michigan Press. They can also be contacted at (734) 615-6477 or (734) 763-6737.

Monday March 10, 4 pm

The Future of Guantánamo

Logo for March 10 eventWith Andy Worthington, Jonathan Hafetz, Joanne Mariner and Wells Dixon

Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107, 435 West 116th Street (on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 116th Street), New York

We are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with top experts on the future of detention policy with a particular focus on Guantánamo at Columbia Law School. The topics under discussion will be: the Military Commissions, and the trials of the six “high-value” detainees including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed; proposals for legislation approving “preventive detention”; the fate of the cleared detainees who cannot be repatriated because they are at risk of torture; and the issues beyond Guantánamo – prisons outside the law in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Please join us for this timely and important discussion.


Andy Worthington
Historian, journalist and Communications Officer for Reprieve
Author of The Guantánamo Files

Jonathan Hafetz
Counsel with the Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice and expert on detention and habeas corpus

Joanne Mariner
Director of Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program and expert on counterterrorism laws and policies

Wells Dixon
Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, which challenges the detention of prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay

Copies of The Guantánamo Files will be sold at the event.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Ellen Fisher at the Brennan Center for Justice ( For CCR’s listing of the event, click here.

Wednesday March 12, 12.15 to 1.45 pm

Life at Guantánamo Bay: Stories of the 774 Detainees

Logo for March 10 eventWith Andy Worthington, Tom Wilner and Peter Bergen

New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave, NW 7th Floor, Washington, 20009

During the last six years, the U.S. Administration has held nearly 800 alleged terror suspects without trial at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 500 of these men have now been released, but their stories — and the stories of those who remain — are largely unknown. Fragments have emerged in books and interviews, and in declassified accounts from the detainees’ lawyers, but until now there has been no comprehensive overview of all their cases.

In The Guantánamo Files, based on a detailed analysis of over 8,000 pages of transcripts released by the Pentagon, Andy Worthington, a London-based historian and journalist, brings to life Guantánamo’s largely anonymous detainees.

Join the New America Foundation for a discussion of Guantánamo’s detainees with Andy Worthington, Peter Bergen, and attorney Tom Wilner, who is counsel of record for a group of detainees in cases pending in the Supreme Court, and has been involved in the legal challenges to Guantánamo since the prison opened in January 2002.


Andy Worthington
Historian, journalist, and Communications Officer for Reprieve
Author of The Guantánamo Files

Tom Wilner
Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Attorney for Guantánamo Detainees

Peter Bergen (moderator)
Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Terrorism Analyst, CNN

Copies of The Guantánamo Files will be sold at the event.

To RSVP for this event, email: with name, affiliation, and contact information. To sign up online, click here.
If you have questions, call or email Liz Wu at (202) 986-2700 x315 or

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 see here for my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

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