Andy Worthington and David Remes: GITMO – The Rule of Law and the NDAA

Chicago Protest Against Guantanamo Jan 11, 2012 - Photo by FJJ

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with Andy Worthington
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Dandelion Salad
14 December 2012

RevolutionTruthOrg·Dec 14, 2012

On December 6, 2012, RevolutionTruth hosted a live panel discussion with David Remes and Andy Worthington to discuss the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, the U.S. Government’s current position on indefinite detention, and their work examining and dealing with the effects it has had on the detainees that reside there.

After ten years, multiple scandals, and worldwide condemnation of its practices, the highly controversial Guantanamo Bay Detention Center (GTMO) remains open for business. GTMO arose in the last decade to become a global symbol of a new kind of war: one where kidnapping, torture and indefinite detention — even of completely innocent citizens — was justified, as long as it was being carried out by the United States Government, in the name of defeating “terrorism”.

Join our host Tangerine Bolen and co-host Pamela Sue Taylor for an inside look at one of the world’s most notorious prisons. We’ll be joined by GTMO experts David Remes, a human rights attorney who has engaged in extensive pro bono defense of GTMO prisoners, and independent journalist Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: Stories of 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison. We will examine a real-life example of the impact of indefinite detention on innocent citizens, discuss the changing landscape of the rule of law, and assess the dangers of the NDAA, in the wake of the GTMO legacy.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in June 2011, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

From the archives:

Chris Hedges: Third World America

Chris Hedges: Obama’s Assault On Our Civil Liberties Far Worse than Bush + Glenn Greenwald: “An Injury to One is an Injury to All” Conference

Carl Mayer: NDAA 2013 Still Allows Indefinite Detention Within the US + Tangerine Bolen: NDAA 2013–Unconstitutional Law Passed by Congress

Noam Chomsky On The NDAA: The U.S. Constitution Is Being Scrapped

Andy Worthington: Gitmo detainees stay imprisoned years after being cleared + SCOTUS Kills Habeas Corpus for Gitmo Detainees