Stories by Andy Worthington

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Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source:

Why won't the Pentagon engage in honest, grown-up debate about the perceived dangerousness of prisoners at Guantánamo?

Posted on: May 4, 2010, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

For years, a rigged judicial system has failed to prosecute Omar Khadr, just 15 when he was captured by the U.S. Why does Obama continue this miscarriage of justice?

Posted on: Mar 3, 2010, Source: The Public Record

Prisoners at Guantanamo have been caught between two competing systems since Obama took office last January, and the result has been confusing.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2010, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

All four were cleared for release under Bush, but they could not be repatriated because of fears that they would be tortured if returned to their home countries.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2010, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

The three "suicides" in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men were killed during interrogations in a secret prison block and the murders were disguised to look like suicides.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Eight years after it opened, 574 prisoners have been released from Guantánamo, 42 under Obama. Six have died. 198 remain.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source:

The failed bomb plot on Christmas Day has prompted lawmakers to declare that no more Yemenis should be released from Guantánamo. They're wrong.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The release of Mohammed Sulaymon Barre and Ismail Mahmoud Muhammad is another example of the hysterical and false claims that Guantanamo is full of hardcore terrorists.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Last week, the Obama administration announced that it had transferred four prisoners from Gitmo: one to France, one to Hungary, and two to Italy.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2009, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

This latest release still leaves seven Uighurs in Guantánamo -- not to mention the 60 or so other prisoners who have been cleared for release

Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There's no reason for any of these prisoners, several of whom were cleared under Bush, to be held for one minute longer.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

Like torture victims groomed for show trials throughout the centuries, Fouad al-Rabiah made up false stories under torture in the hopes of one day leaving Guantanamo.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

The Obama administration has announced it will introduce a review system for the 600 prisoners at Bagram airbase. But a close look at the plan reveals cause for alarm.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: Comment Is Free

In Guantánamo, 225 men remain imprisoned, most of them never charged, ostensibly for some connection with these attacks.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A Spanish newspaper reports that Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against attorneys who implemented torture at Guantánamo.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2009, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

The Obama administration is still refusing to release prisoners who have been found to pose no threat to the U.S. What is going on?

Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld: "I am here today to offer a single, straightforward message: the military commission system is broken beyond repair."

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

A death at Gitmo is always felt keenly in the Muslim world, creating tension for an administration that claims it is running a 'humane' facility.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama needs to find the courage to resist the shrill opportunism of some of his least principled colleagues, and to order the Uighurs' release.

Posted on: May 13, 2009, Source: Andy Worthington's Blog

The suspicious death of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, who was tortured into lying about an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, raises a series of troubling questions.