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Andy Worthington

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Monday, 11 February 2013 11:50

On terrorism, America has lost its way

Last week at Guantánamo, a farcical dance played out, as it does every six months or so. 

Here at "Close Guantánamo," we have long despaired that the power of black propaganda is such that the Bush administration's claim that Guantánamo held "the worst of the worst" has had a disturbing and enduring power. 

On Friday, the 11th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, myself and the attorney Tom Wilner, the steering committee of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, held our annual reunion at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. with Col. Morris Davis, ...

Eleven years ago, on January 11, 2002, the Bush administration proudly presented to the world one of its major responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — 

Friday January 11 is the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an ongoing legal black hole, and an experimental prison for holding Muslim men and boys without rights, and subjecting them to torture and other forms of coercion and abuse, and medical and psychological experimentation.

It’s over 24 hours since I arrived in the US, with the support of Witness Against TortureWorld Can’t Wait and Close Guantánamo, for a series of events to mark the 11th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a shameful anniversary that should not have come to pass. 

Three months ago, Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen seized as a child and held and abused by the US government in Guantánamo for ten years, was returned to Canada, where he now languishes in a maximum-security prison.

This is the first use of our updated message for 2013, in which, sadly, "End 11 years of injustice" is replacing "End 10 years of injustice" as our tagline.

Sunday, 23 December 2012 12:41

Torture, torture everywhere

For those of us who have been arguing for years that senior officials and lawyers in the Bush administration must be held accountable for the torture program they introduced and used in their “war on terror,” last week was a very interesting week indeed,...

As we approach the 11th anniversary of the opening of the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, ...

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