Author and director Andy Worthington returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “New York Times Finally Reports on Trump’s Policy of Letting Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Die; Rest of Media Still Silent.” Worthington details the legacy of hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay and explains that the U.S. is facing the awful decision whether they should they let prisoners starve themselves to death or use grotesque measures to force feed them to keep them alive. According to Worthington the Supreme Court has abdicated any responsibility lately to address prisoners at Guantanamo Bay while the drone program has made the capture program close to obsolete. Ultimately Worthington believes that the United States has been totally incapable of identifying threats and responding appropriately, let alone justly.
Andy Worthington is the author of “Guantanamo Files” and the director of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo.” Read his work at the Future Freedom Foundation and AndyWorthington.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @GuantanamoAndy.
Discussed on the show:
- “Guantánamo Bay hunger strike: quarter of inmates now being force-fed” (The Guardian)
- “Trump’s Disturbing New Guantánamo Policy: Allowing Hunger Strikers to Starve to Death,” by Andy Worthington (AndyWorthington.co.uk)
- “The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo” (CommonDreams.org)
- Guantanamo Review Task Force
- “The Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo,” by Andy Worthington (AndyWorthington.co.uk)
- Geneva Conventions
- “The Memo: How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.” (The New Yorker)
- “New Guantánamo intelligence upends old ‘worst of the worst’ assumptions,” by Carol Rosenberg (Miami Herald)
- “Hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay – prisoners now close to death” (Reprieve)
- “A Pakistani man is starving to death in Guantanamo. We have a duty to stop it.” (Washington Post)
- “Supreme Court turns down Guantanamo detainee’s appeal” (Washington Post)
- Habeas Corpus
- “The Drone Papers: The Assassination Complex,” by Jeremy Scahill (The Intercept)
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