Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files (Pluto Press, 2007), was interviewed by the independent TV/radio news program Democracy Now! in a broadcast on 25th April. Worthington had plowed through the latest WikiLeaks documents to reveal:
– Both the Bush and Obama administrations knowingly imprisoned more than 150 innocent men for years without charge.
– In dozens of cases, senior U.S. commanders admitted that there was no reason for the men to have been transferred to Guantánamo.
– Among the innocent were an 89-year-old Afghan villager and a 14-year-old boy who had been kidnapped.
– Journalist Sami al-Hajj was held at Guantánamo for six years, where he was interrogated about his employer, the Al Jazeera network. His file said he was sent to Guantánamo to “provide information on … the al-Jazeera news network’s training programme, telecommunications equipment, and newsgathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
The interview can be found on the Democracy Now! Facebook page (scroll down their page…), and is also embedded in the following video:
The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison
The first book to tell the story of every man trapped in Guantanamo.
“This is an important book. If you care about our Government’s complicity in these illegal and horrific acts then this book provides the evidence. Carefully researched and documented, it reveals a story of appalling brutality. The people are not mere ciphers but, as their stories unfold, their pain becomes our concern.” – Ken Loach
“Extraordinary rendition, false imprisonment, inhumane treatment … has forever destroyed and reshaped the lives of hundreds of men, of whom I was one. The subject matter of this book is imperative, being the first of its kind to collate and describe accounts from the prisoners themselves and pitting them against the purported reasons for their incarceration – without charge or trial” – Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo detainee and spokesman for CagePrisoners