Video: Andy Worthington Discusses Guantánamo’s Declining Population with Peter B. Collins


Andy Worthington and Peter B. Collins discussing Guantanamo in August 2016.Just before my recent fortnight’s holiday in Spain with my family, I was interviewed by the long-standing liberal radio host Peter B. Collins, on America’s West Coast, for a new feature, Newsbud Report, on former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs Post website.

The Newsbud Report is recorded via Skype, taking the form of a video interview rather than the audio interviews we’re all so used to. And I suspect that it’s a very helpful innovation. The video of our 20-minute interview, on YouTube, is posted below, and I’m pleased to see that it has already received over 1,800 views.

Peter and I have spoken on numerous occasions over the years, and it was a pleasure to speak to him again. This is how he described the show:

While Congress maintains its refusal to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration has reduced the inmate population to 76, and only 10 of those have been charged with any crime. More than half of the remaining 66 men are cleared for release, 16 are awaiting a hearing, and the remaining 16 are expected to be held indefinitely, without charge or trial. Andy Worthington explains the current situation at Guantánamo, and previews the state of affairs when Obama leaves office.

Since the interview, those figures have been amended with the release of 15 prisoners, so that now 61 men are held, only 10 have been charged with any crime, and 20 have been approved for release. However, most of what we discussed remains relevant — the significance of the Periodic Review Boards, and whether or not President Obama will succeed in closing Guantánamo before he leaves office.

I hope you have time to watch the interview, and to share it if you find it useful.

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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  1. Andy Worthington says...

    Here’s my latest article, linking to a 20-minute interview about ‪Guantanamo‬ that I undertook with US radio host Peter B. Collins just before my recent holiday in Spain, looking at the current situation regarding the prison, and whether President Obama will get to close it. It was for the Newsbud Report, a new feature on former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs website, in which, rather than being audio interviews, the miracle of Skype allows Peter to undertake video interviews. I hope you have time to watch the interview, and that you’ll share it if you like it.

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