Investigative journalist Andy Worthington returns to the show to discuss the absurd rehabilitation of George W. Bush by the left. Worthington recalls the early days of the Bush-Cheney administration and the crimes committed at Guantanamo and the murder of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worthington then breaks down the various elements of the U.S. torture network and the long draw down of Guantanamo starting in the Bush days, but which has never reaching its conclusion. Finally Worthington talks about how Obama’s preference for drone assassinations limited captures of enemy combatants and why Trump wants to revitalize the prison.
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:
- “Humane Treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda Detainees” (The White House)
- Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
- Extraordinary rendition
- Strawberry Fields (Guantanamo)
- “The Guantanamo ‘Suicides’,” by Scott Horton (Harper’s)
- Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant’s Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay, by Joseph Hickman
- “The Torture Question,” (Frontline PBS)
- John Yoo
- Mohammed Al-Qahtani
- Camp Buca John Schwartz
- “I’m Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq,” by Matthew Alexander (The New York Times)
- Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney)
- Bagram Air Base
- “Bagram: The Other Guantanamo” (Rolling Stone)
- “07/21/16 – Sterling Thomas” (The Scott Horton Show)
- Abdul Zahir
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