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Reporting from the US, Including My Photos of the Close Guantánamo Rally Outside the White House, Jan. 11, 2020

16.1.20

My report about my US tour, five days in, including a link to my photos of the rally calling for the closure of Guantánamo outside the White House on Saturday (January 11), marking the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Video: Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo Outside the White House on the 18th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison

12.1.20

My report on yesterday’s powerful rally outside the White House calling for the closure of Guantánamo on the 18th anniversary of the opening prison, linking to the video of speakers at the rally, including myself, representing the Close Guantánamo campaign.

As $738 Billion Defense Bill Is Passed, Guantánamo Prisoners Are Ignored by Congress

30.12.19

My report about the passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which maintains restrictions on the release of Guantánamo prisoners, and on any moves towards the prison’s closure. These, sadly, have been part of the NDAA for many years, since the Republicans took control of Congress under President Obama. Sadly, although Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterms, they were unable to amend the repressive Guantánamo legislation in the final version of the NDAA that was consolidated with the Republican-controlled Senate.

Boris Johnson’s Election Victory: A Truly Depressing Day for Britain, But Now He ‘Owns’ the Toxic Brexit Nightmare

14.12.19

My post-mortem on Thursday’s depressing General Election, which delivered a majority for the Tories under Boris Johnson, largely because of Johnson’s simplistic hammering home of a false promise to ‘Get Brexit Done’ at every opportunity. The slow and agonising reality of getting Brexit ‘done’ may, however – if there is any justice – eventually derail his shallow and deeply mendacious premiership.

Trump’s Personal Prisoners at Guantánamo: The Five Men Cleared for Release But Still Held

21.11.19

Following up on an article in the Independent, I look at the cases of five men abandoned in Guantánamo by Donald Trump — men who were approved for release by high-level review processes under President Obama, but who weren’t freed before he left office, and who, to my mind, can now legitimately be considered the personal prisoners of Donald Trump.

Closing Guantánamo, the Democrats and the NDAA

5.11.19

My analysis, cross-posted from the Close Guantánamo website, of the significance – regarding Guantánamo – of Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives last November. Led by Rep. Adam Smith, Democrats, via the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), are trying to prevent Donald Trump from being able to bring new prisoners to Guantánamo, and are also trying to ease restrictions on the release of prisoners, and work towards the eventual closure of Guantánamo. The House and Senate versions of the NDAA are currently being consolidated.

As a Frail and Confused Julian Assange Appears in Court, It’s Time For the UK to Stop His Proposed Extradition to the US

25.10.19

The latest news regarding Julian Assange, held at Belmarsh maximum-security prison since April, pending his proposed extradition to the US, to face trumped-up espionage charges regarding WikiLeaks’ work as a publisher, making available classified US documents – including the Guantánamo files, which I worked on with WikiLeaks as a media partner – for which there is a compelling case that the public should be informed. Assange’s role was as a publisher, and his proposed extradition is a chilling assault on press freedoms, and freedom of speech. The UK government shouldn’t be going along with it, but in fact they seem to be working very closely with US officials, and at Assange’s latest case management hearing his conditions of confinement seemed to be taking their toll, as he was frail and often appeared confused.

Radio: I Discuss Guantánamo on Portland’s KBOO FM with Linda Olson-Osterlund

18.10.19

Here’s my report about – and link to – an interview about Guantánamo that I undertook this week with Linda Olson-Osterlund on KBOO FM, a community radio station in Portland, Oregon. Linda and I have, it’s sobering to note, been discussing Guantánamo for eleven years.

No Escape from Guantánamo: Former Child Prisoner Boycotts Broken Review Process, Calls It “Hopeless”

9.10.19

My analysis of the broken Periodic Review Board system at Guantánamo, a parole-type process introduced by President Obama, to assess whether or not prisoners regarded as “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution” could be released. The PRBs recommended 38 prisoners for release under Obama, whilst approving the ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial of 26 others. Under Trump, however, the process has become meaningless, because not a single prisoner has been recommended for release, and, as a result, the prisoners are now boycotting the process, with the most recent example being Hassan bin Attash, a Saudi who was just 16 or 17 years old when he was seized in 2002, and who has now, shamefully, spent over half his life imprisoned without charge or trial.

14 Million Dollars Per Prisoner Per Year: The Absurd Cost of Guantánamo

24.9.19

Following up on a report about the outrageous cost of running the prison at Guantánamo Bay by Carol Rosenberg in the New York Times, in which I suggest that her figure of $13m per prisoner per year, based on figures for last year, is actually understated, and is, instead, $14m per prisoner per year. Such a waste of money, as well as being a legal, moral and ethical abomination.

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