Searching for Justice at Guantánamo: The New Arab Podcast About Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, Featuring One of His Lawyers, Mansoor Adayfi and Me


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Many thanks to Nadine Talaat of The New Arab for interviewing me for a new podcast, “Searching for Justice at Guantánamo: Tainted evidence and the fight for accountability,” which you can listen to here.

The particular focus of the half-hour podcast is Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a “high-value detainee,” who was held and tortured for nearly four years in CIA “black sites,” before ending up at Guantánamo in September 2006, where he has been held ever since.

Charged with terrorism-related offences in 2008, which were subsequently dropped, al-Nashiri was charged again in 2012, and has been caught up in pre-trial hearings ever since.

The trigger for the podcast was a devastating opinion in his case, which was recently issued by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and which I wrote in an article entitled, UN Condemns Arbitrary Detention of Guantánamo Prisoner and Torture Victim Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, and Calls for His Release.

In calling for his release, the Working Group concluded that he has “suffered the most egregious violations of human rights, of such gravity as to give the deprivation of liberty an arbitrary character,” and cited evidence submitted by Dr. Sondra Crosby, a medical expert, who met with him for approximately 30 hours, and stated that, “in my many years of experience treating torture victims from around the world, Mr. Al-Nashiri presents as one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen.”

Nadine managed to locate al-Nashiri’s story in the wider context of Guantánamo’s 21-year history, and I was pleased to have been given the opportunity to discuss various aspects of this long and lawless story with her, along with her other interviewees — Katie Carmon, who works for the Military Commissions Defense Organization, and is one of al-Nashiri’s lawyers, and former Guantánamo prisoner Mansoor Adayfi.

It’s a powerful podcast, and I hope that you have time to listen to it, and that you’ll share it if you find it informative.

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Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer (of an ongoing photo-journalism project, ‘The State of London’), film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (see the ongoing photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison 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 you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.50).

In 2017, Andy became very involved in housing issues. He is the narrator of the documentary film, ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, about the destruction of council estates, and the inspiring resistance of residents, he wrote a song ‘Grenfell’, in the aftermath of the entirely preventable fire in June 2017 that killed over 70 people, and, in 2018, he was part of the occupation of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, to try to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats next door — by Lewisham Council and Peabody.

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6 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Here’s my latest article, linking to, and discussing, The New Arab’s podcast, “Searching for Justice at Guantanamo: Tainted evidence and the fight for accountability,” in which Nadine Talaat tells the story of the prison, and, in particular, the case of “high-value detainee” and torture victim Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, through interviews with myself, Katie Carmon, one of his military commission lawyers, and former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi.

    I hope that you have time to listen to it, and that you’ll share it if you find it informative.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Jose Diogo wrote:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Andy.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for taking an interest, Jose. I appreciate it.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Kevin Hester wrote:

    It’s crystal clear that the treatment being meted out at Guantanamo Bay meets the definition of torture.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Kevin. It’s all spelled out so clearly in that article you linked to, and yet it seems to have taken US prosecutors 20 years to even begin to properly comprehend that what took place in those “black sites” negated any possibility of them ever receiving justice in a court of law.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    For a Spanish version on the World Can’t Wait’s Spanish website, see ‘Buscando justicia en Guantánamo: el nuevo podcast árabe acerca de Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, con uno de sus abogados Mansoor Adayfi y yo’:

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