Closing Guantanamo

Two Radio Shows: I Discuss Guantánamo with Buz Eisenberg and Misty Winston

8.4.22

Promoting two recent radio interviews about Guantánamo – with former Guantánamo attorney Buz Eisenberg on WHMP 101.5 FM in Western Massachusetts, and with activist Misty Winston on TNT Radio, a new online radio station streaming worldwide, and based in Australia.

Sufyian Barhoumi Sent Home From Guantánamo to Algeria Nearly Five and a Half Years After Being Approved for Release; 19 Other Cleared Prisoners Remain

3.4.22

Celebrating the release from Guantánamo of Sufyian Barhoumi, an Algerian who was approved for release nearly five and a half years ago. 37 men now remain at the prison, but over half of them — 19 men — have also been approved for release, and President Biden also needs to arrange for these men to be given their freedom.

Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) to Support My Work to Get Guantánamo Shut Down and to Hold Accountable Those Responsible for Its Existence

7.3.22

My latest quarterly fundraiser to support my work on Guantánamo, including news of an imminent update to my six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and the early stages of a new campaign, the Guantánamo Accountability Project, which will publicize the need for those responsible for Guantánamo to be held accountable, and will also call for the stigma of being an “enemy combatant” to be brought to an end.

Video: Mansoor Adayfi, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis and I Discuss Guantánamo’s 20th Anniversary and Its Chronic and Persistent Lawlessness at Revolution Books

1.2.22

Linking to, and discussing the video of a powerful online Guantánamo event hosted by Revolution Books in Harlem on Sunday January 30, featuring myself, former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, and attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, who represents a number of the men still held.

Video: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Elizabeth Miller and I Discuss 9/11 and Guantánamo in a WVIA/Bloomsburg University Show, “Conversations for the Common Good”

29.1.22

Linking to and discussing “Reaction to 9/11: Dialing Back Civil Rights, Violation of Human Rights,” a discussion about 9/11, Guantánamo and the US’s post-9/11 torture program, featuring myself, Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Elizabeth Miller, broadcast by WVIA, a PBS-affiliated channel in Pennsylvania, as part of an ongoing series of shows, “Conversations for the Common Good,” produced in conjunction with Bloomsburg University.

“Forever Prisoner” at Guantánamo: The Shameful Ongoing Imprisonment of Khaled Qassim

25.1.22

Following up on the good news that five prisoners at Guantánamo were recently approved for release by Periodic Review Boards, I contrast that story with the monstrous plight of another prisoner, Khaled Qassim, who has been held for nearly 20 years without charge or trial, and who recently had his ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial approved by a PRB, on the basis that he is not compliant enough, even though the authorities acknowledged that, prior to his capture, he had a “low level of training” and a “lack of leadership in al Qaida or the Taliban.”

TV and Radio: I Discuss Guantánamo’s 20th Anniversary on Turkish TV, and with Scott Horton and Rebecca Myles

21.1.22

Linking to my media appearances marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay — on Turkish TV, with Mark Fallon and Tracy Doig of Freedom from Torture, and, in the US, with Scott Horton and with Rebecca Myles in New York.

Five More Prisoners Approved for Release from Guantánamo: 18 of the 39 Remaining Men Are Now Waiting to Be Freed

19.1.22

My detailed analysis of the stories of the five men who have recently been approved for release from Guantánamo by Periodic Review Boards (a review process set up under President Obama), which reveals, on the part of the US government, a total lack of justification for depriving them of their liberty for 20 years, without charge or trial, and, in some cases, makes it clear that they should never have been held by the US or brought to Guantánamo in the first place.

Video: The “Disrupt, Confront, and Close Guantánamo” 20th Anniversary Virtual Rally on Jan. 11, 2022

16.1.22

The second of a number of articles covering events marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022 — a “Virtual Rally,” entitled, “Disrupt, Confront, and Close Guantánamo,” featuring numerous speakers, myself included, and also including moving videos of former prisoners, and the family of one of the 39 men still held.

Video: I Discuss “Guantánamo at Twenty: What is the Future of the Prison Camp?” with Tom Wilner, Karen Greenberg and Peter Bergen at New America

14.1.22

The first of a number of articles covering events marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022 — an online panel discussion, hosted by New America, at which I joined Tom Wilner, Karen Greenberg and Peter Bergen to discuss whether President Biden can or will finally close the prison.

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Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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