WikiLeaks Forum in New York Confirmed: Thursday January 6, with Andy Worthington and Attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights


In my recently announced itinerary of events to mark the 9th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo in New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C. (facilitated by The World Can’t Wait and Witness Against Torture), I mentioned a forum on the significance of WikiLeaks at the Brecht Forum in New York this Thursday, January 6, co-sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights, but noted that, at the time, it was not 100 percent confirmed.

I’m delighted to report that it has now been confirmed, and hope that readers in the New York area will be able to come along, and/or will be able to publicize it as widely as possible in the next three days. The following description is largely taken from the Brecht Forum website:

Thursday January 6, 7.30 pm: Special Forum — “WikiLeaks, State Secrets, Guantánamo and Torture” with Andy Worthington, Katie Gallagher, Pardiss Kebriaei, Leili Kashani and other speakers to be confirmed.
The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), New York, NY 10014.

Andy Worthington and attorneys and advocates from the Center for Constitutional Rights and Witness Against Torture will discuss the importance of WikiLeaks, attempts to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., the dangerous isolation of Bradley Manning, revelations about Guantánamo and U.S. interference to suppress torture investigations in Germany and Spain, and the significance of other stories not covered by Wikileaks — in particular, the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three prisoners at Guantánamo in June 2006. This January 11, 2011 marks the beginning of the 10th year of indefinite detention at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo.

Andy Worthington is an author, journalist, and film maker who regularly writes for newspapers and websites including the Guardian, Truthout, the Future of Freedom Foundation, Cageprisoners, the Daily Star, Lebanon, the Huffington Post,, CounterPunch, AlterNet, and ZNet. His book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison is the first book to tell the story of every man trapped in Guantánamo. His film is called “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” and addresses Guantánamo and the “War on Terror.”

Katie Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where she focuses on holding individuals, including U.S. and foreign government officials, and corporations, including private military contractors, accountable for serious human rights violations. She is involved in two ongoing legal proceedings in Spain about the U.S. torture program, and WikiLeaks has revealed that the Obama administration has engaged in a political campaign to block both of them and prevent Spanish courts from securing accountability for torture and other crimes planned, authorized, and committed by Bush administration officials at Guantánamo and elsewhere.

Pardiss Kebriaei is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She joined the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at CCR in July 2007, and provides direct representation to several of CCR’s clients at Guantánamo and the families of the men who died there in 2006. She is also involved in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government kill-list and the targeting of a U.S. citizen now in Yemen and far from any armed conflict with the United States.

Leili Kashani is the Education and Outreach Associate for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She advocates for a just closure of the prison at Guantánamo, resettlement for the men still detained, and against illegal detentions, the lack of accountability for torture, and expanding U.S. wars more broadly.

Witness Against Torture formed in 2005 when 25 Americans went to Guantánamo Bay and attempted to visit the detention facility. They are activists who are organizing to shut down Guantánamo and end U.S. torture programs and have engaged in public education, street theater, lobbying, and nonviolent direct actions towards this end.

For further information, and to register for this event, see the Brecht Forum website, or phone: 212-242-4201. This event is free for Brecht Forum Subscribers. Otherwise, admission is on a sliding scale: $6/$10/$15.

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 and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, currently on tour in the UK, and available on DVD here), 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.

7 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Willy Bach wrote:

    Andy, I hope this speaking tour is well-supported and has some effect there in the USA. I was astonished to learn on ‘Democracy Now’ the poor quality of the people recently elected to Congress and Senate, so it will take a bit to turn this around, especially as these people want to stop any moves to close Guantanamo Bay.

    All-power-to-your-arm – I hope this trip will make a difference to the decent, democracy-loving Americans who want their country to return to the rule of law.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Willy. I had to chuckle at the lovely understatement of “the poor quality of the people recently elected to Congress and Senate.” I hardly thought it was possible that US lawmakers could get any worse, but apparently this is indeed the case. So yes, I’ll be doing my best to reach out to some of the many, many Americans who see things more clearly, and hoping that some sort of victory can be snatched from the jaws of defeat in 2011.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Susan Chunco wrote:

    It’s not so much that they’re worse, they just aren’t any better. Both major political parties in the U.S. represent the rich and the corporations’ interests, throwing the people just enough crumbs to keep them in line.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    I agree about the overall problems with lawmakers of both parties, Susan. They make British politicians look slightly less useless than they should. However, I fear that the mid-term elections have made an already bad situation just that little bit worse.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Tammy François wrote:

    ‎…”throwing people enough crumbs to keep them in line” and not quite enough to allow them to take their focus off of simply surviving in a broken economy. The competition for jobs and resources keeps us (the working classes) seeing one another as the enemy rather than a potential ally in the battle against the system. We are more powerful than we know, but we aren’t united in the effort to demand a place at the table.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    We have the same thing here in the UK, Tammy, with our new coalition government imposing savage cuts on university funding and welfare, pretending that making students, the poor, the unemployed and the disabled pay for the sins of bankers and corporations is somehow “fair.” At least our students and schoolkids have started to get angry, but it’s going to take a whole new political movement to really do anything about it in the long-term, and I believe that’s what’s required in the States as well.

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