Sat. Oct. 4: Discuss “The Guantánamo Files” on Firedoglake’s Book Salon with author Andy Worthington


The Guantanamo FilesToday, at 5 pm Eastern Time (that’s 10 pm GMT), I’ll be discussing my book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison on Firedoglake’s Book Salon, which is an online discussion. Just log on at Firedoglake at 5 pm and ask a question or raise a topic for discussion! During the course of the Salon, it’ll be the lead article on the home page.

Stacy Sullivan of Human Rights Watch has kindly agreed to host the Salon, and I look forward to a lively discussion, taking in all matters relating to Guantánamo –- which may include questions about who is still held, those facing trial by Military Commission, and the fate of the prisoners who have been cleared for release but cannot be repatriated because of fears that they will be tortured.

Plus, of course, anything else that readers think is of interest: the silence in the election campaign about Guantánamo and torture, for example, or the crises afflicting the Military Commissions, Dick Cheney and David Addington’s scheme for prosecuting “terror suspects” that is currently unraveling due to an accumulation of evidence of pro-prosecution bias.

POSTSCRIPT: Well, that was a fascinating two hours, even though my fingers barely left the keyboard. Thanks to Stacy for hosting, to Bev from Firedoglake for organizing everything, and to all the people who turned up to take part: Scott Horton, the Talking Dog, and the various bloggers — new to me — who helped keep the discussion going. The whole session is available here.

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.

2 Responses

  1. Carol Laidlaw says...

    I won’t be able to follow this as I only get access to the web in public places like libraries and cyber cafes, which are not open as late as 10pm. But I would like to wish you luck with the discussion and hope it is a lively one! I follow your website and am impressed with your campaigning work.

  2. skdadl says...

    I just finished reading the fine discussion at FDL, Andy, and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join in yesterday. I’m a Canadian with a particular interest in Omar Khadr’s case, but I’m just so impressed with the work you have done for all the detainees, and I’m very glad to find your site.

    On the subject of moving all the GTMO detainees back to the U.S.: I think I’ve seen Mukasey forced to discuss this topic at least twice at SJC hearings, and you can tell, even through his remarkable evasions, that what is bothering him is that he knows that — some? many? — of the detainees, if given real trials in the U.S., would be acquitted and then … freed on to the streets of the U.S.? You can almost see his lip curl as he contemplates that possibility. Underlying so much of what has been done so incompetently (and cruelly, of course) is a terrible xenophobia that is palpable when you watch someone like Mukasey.

    Thank you for all you do.

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