This is the eighth part of an exclusive nine-part series telling the stories of all 174 prisoners in Guantanamo.
George Bush returned to the public eye with a bang last night, using his newly published memoirs to claim that information the US gained by “waterboarding” terror suspects helped to foil at least two attacks on London.
Andy Worthington bemoans the British media's failure to challenge George W. Bush's claims about the legality and efficacy of torture.
Andy Worthington on George W. Bush's shocking confession in his memoir - and how few people are calling for his prosecution.
Andy Worthington's epitaph for US justice, following the 40-year sentence given to Omar Khadr by his military jury.
Over the past year the US administration has released around 30 Guantanamo prisoners to several European nations. They include France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Georgia and even Cape Verde. Three men were also sent to Slovakia at the beginning of this year as part it’s gesture of solidarity with President Barack Obama's pledge to empty and close the detention centre.
Ali Aarrass and Mohamed el Bay are at imminent risk of being extradited to Morocco, where they would be at risk of incommunicado detention, torture and other ill-treatment as well as an unfair trial. The Spanish national criminal court (Audiencia Nacional) approved the extraditions in late 2008 and they must now receive final confirmation from the Council of Ministers. If the extraditions go ahead Spain will be violating its obligations under international human rights law, including the UN Convention against Torture.
On 1 April 2010, there will be exactly two years since Aarrass Ali, Belgo-Moroccan, was jailed in a prison in Spain (Madrid Badajoz and then finally Botafuegos in Algeciras) pending a decision on his extradition to Morocco for “terrorism.”
To refrain accountability, and continue its illegal global war, U.S. government officials have two walls to protect themselves behind: say secrecy, and propaganda/ psychological operations. When the first surround is penetrated, as Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks have done, and as justice Ellsberg did during the Vietnam era, it turns to propaganda, and psychological operations, (telling outright lies, spinning half-truths, character assassination, accusing others of treachery and wrong-doing).
Andy Worthington asks why evidence of torture in secret CIA prisons was excluded from a recent habeas corpus petition.
"How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." (Henry David Thoreau,1817-1862.)
This is the seventh part of an exclusive nine-part series telling the stories of all 174 prisoners in Guantanamo.
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