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The Shameful Human Cost of Inertia at Joe Biden’s Guantánamo

13.4.21

84 days into Joe Biden’s presidency, I look at how his lack of prompt action regarding Guantánamo — in the first instance, by not reviving the Office of the Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure in the State Department — has left six men approved for release between 2009 and 2020 still languishing at the prison. It is also impacting on the lives of men already released, who, as under Donald Trump, have no one within the administration to communicate with when they face life-threatening problems, which, in the case of Lutfi bin Ali, a Tunisian, recently led to his death.

US Military Closes Camp 7, Guantánamo’s “High-Value Detainee” Prison Block, Moves Men to Camp 5

5.4.21

Here’s my report on the US military’s announcement that it has closed the secretive Camp 7 at Guantánamo, where the so-called “high-value detainees” were held, and has moved them to Camp 5 instead. Camp 7 had been falling apart for years, but moving these men is no solution to Guantánamo’s larger problems: that the men held there should either be tried via a functional judicial system, or released.

Video: I Discuss the Right to Protest, Guantánamo and the Plight of Julian Assange with Team Assange

29.3.21

Video of my interview with the London-based activists of Team Assange, about the new UK police bill, the right to protest, Guantánamo and Julian Assange. Also included is an update regarding genuinely shocking incidents of police violence in Bristol over the last week in response to protests about the bill.

A Celebration of Guantánamo Activism Past and Present by Witness Against Torture’s Jeremy Varon

26.3.21

A cross-post of a detailed article about Guantánamo activism over the last 12 years, from President Obama’s eight years in office, through the four lamentable years of Donald Trump, to the current hopes pinned on President Biden. Written by Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture, it was originally published on the Waging Nonviolence website.

Quarterly Fundraiser Marking the 15th Anniversary of My Writing and Campaigning to Close Guantánamo

8.3.21

My quarterly fundraiser, in which I’m trying to raise $2,500 (£2,000) to support my Guantánamo work over the next three months, and marking 15 years since I first began working on Guantánamo on a full-time basis. If you can make a donation to support my work, which is all reader-funded, it will be very gratefully received.

Afghan Government Calls for Release of Guantánamo “Forever Prisoner” Asadullah Haroon Gul

7.3.21

My report on the news that the Afghan government has submitted an amicus brief to a US court in the case of Asadullah Haroon Gul, one of the last two Afghans in Guantánamo, arguing for his long-overdue release. Of the 40 men still held, Gul is one of 22 identified as “forever prisoners,” because of their ongoing and thoroughly unjustifiable imprisonment without charge or trial.

Video: Mansoor Adayfi, James Yee and I Discuss Guantánamo and Its Closure in a Zoom Event Organized by Veterans’ and Peace Groups in California

4.3.21

A link to, and my discussion of a Zoom event about Guantánamo, organized by veterans’ and peace groups, primarily in California, which took place on February 21, featuring myself, Mansoor Adayfi and James Yee as speakers.

Radio: I Discuss the Possible Closure of Guantánamo under Joe Biden on the Peace and Justice Report on WSLR in Florida

27.2.21

A link to, and discussion of my recent half-hour interview about Guantánamo with Bob Connors and Tom Walker on their show, “The Peace and Justice Report,” on WSLR 96.5, a community radio station in Florida, in which I discussed what we might expect from the Biden administration, the importance of the new film, “The Mauritanian”, based on the best-selling memoir of former prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and much more.

Remembering Ibrahim Idris, the Only Guantánamo Prisoner Freed Because of Illness, Who Has Died Aged 60

23.2.21

My report on the death, at the age of 60, of former Guantánamo prisoner Ibrahim Idris, who is the only prisoner to have been freed because his attorney managed to persuade the Justice Department that he was so mentally and physically ill that he could not pose a threat to the US.

Biden Administration Announces “Robust” Review of Guantánamo, and “Intention” to Close the Prison

15.2.21

My response to statements about the Biden administration’s proposed closure of Guantánamo that were made on February 12 by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who, asked whether President Biden would shut the prison before the end of his presidency, told reporters, “That certainly is our goal and our intention.”

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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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