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Through conversations with activists and former detainees; the film paints a picture of who Shaker Aamer is, the injustices he has endured and what his life has involved for the last decade. 

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Arrested in 2002 and tortured repeatedly, he was never charged, and the U.S. no longer believes he was even a member of Al Qaeda. But he remains in prison.

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Julian Assange of WikiLeaks interviews Asim Qureshi and Moazzam Begg about the work of Cageprisoners

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In this episode, Moazzam Begg discusses the case of Fayiz al-Kandari, one of the last two Kuwaitis left at Guantanamo. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Bogucki and Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, the military defense lawyers for Fayiz al-Kandari, join Moazzam in the studio.

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IT’S OFFICIAL - George W Bush is a war criminal. And the harrowing evidence given in person by ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, helped a panel of five judges reach their historic verdict.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:01

Shaker Aamer: husband, father and hostage

In war, numerous tactics are used to weaken the enemy with a view to its ultimate defeat. These range from bribery to insults, from ridicule and mockery to hostile propaganda, from threats of force to actual violence and expulsion. The precursor to all the above forms of persecution is a systematic process of dehumanisation.

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This week, former Guantanamo prisoners Bisher al-Rawi and Omar Deghayes join Moazzam to discuss the case of Shaker Aamer, Guantanamo's last British resident

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On Monday, the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey released a new report, “National Security Deserves Better: ‘Odd’ Recidivism Numbers Undermine the Guantánamo Policy Debate” (PDF).

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Over the last few years, my friends and colleagues Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye have been doing some excellent work for Truthout exposing the Bush administration’s torture program, and human experimentation at Guantánamo, and last week they produced another excellent article for Truthout, examining the significance of a recently released US military training manual for the development of George W. Bush’s torture program.

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This article is the second of two articles providing new commentary by Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo — and reproducing a statement he made about conditions in the prison, with additional notes by Ramzi Kassem, one of his lawyers.

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This world exclusive is one of two articles providing new commentary by Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo -- and also reproducing a statement he made about conditions in the prison, and additional notes by Ramzi Kassem, one of his lawyers. 
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171 men are still held in the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, even though an interagency task force established by President Obama concluded over two years ago that 89 of them should be released

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As we at "Close Guantánamo" continue our series profiling prisoners still held at Guantánamo -- and specifically, at this time, the Afghans who are still held -- our latest profile is of Abdul Ghani, an unfortunate villager from Kandahar province, who farmed pomegranates and scavenged for scrap metal, and was seized in November 2002 and arrived in Guantánamo nine years ago.
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Ten years ago, on the evening of March 28, 2002, the Bush administration officially embarked on its “high-value detainee” program in the “war on terror” that had been declared in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (more commonly identified as Abu Zubaydah), was captured in a house raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

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Finally, it seems, five months after the Canadian citizen and former child prisoner Omar Khadr was supposed to leave Guantánamo, to be returned to Canada as a result of a plea deal agreed in October 2010, it appears that he may be back in the country of his birth by the end of May.

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In the last three months, much discussion has focused on the possibility that, as part of negotiations aimed at securing peace in Afghanistan, the US would release five high-level Taliban prisoners in Guantánamo. 

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Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first time, the stories of 776 of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Adding information released by WikiLeaks in April 2011 to the existing documentation about the prisoners, much of which was already covered in Andy’s book The Guantánamo Files and in the archive of articles on his website, the project will hopefully be completed later this year, although that is contingent on finding new funding.

This is Part 33 of the 70-part series. 411 stories have now been told. See the entire archive here.

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Last week, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Director of the CIA and the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, issued a two-page unclassified summary, entitled, “Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba” (PDF), which provided information about the purported “recidivism” of former prisoners.

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Please sign the Care 2 petition, which can be signed by anyone anywhere in the world, including the US and the UK.

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My friend and colleague Jeff Kaye, a full-time psychologist who somehow also finds time to conduct research into Guantánamo and America’s post-9/11 torture program, had a fascinating — and disturbing — article published last week on Truthout, in which, after stumbling upon the autopsy reports of two prisoners who died at Guantánamo in 2007 and 2009, reportedly by committing suicide, he “found irregularities, unanswered questions, and startling new facts the government has withheld from the public for years,” as he explained in a follow-up article on his blog, Invictus.

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