Oral history interview with Andy Worthington [electronic resource], 2012.
Scope and Contents
Born: Hull, England. Education: Oxford University. Career: freelance journalist, author and filmmaker. Reminiscences: early influence of Methodism; adolescent and post-graduate interests in history, literature, and storytelling. Discussions: Margaret Thatcher administration response to Stonehenge counterculture festivals, 1983-1984; Qala-i-Jangi massacre and other inspirations for book, The Guantánamo Files; Freedom of Information Act and 2006 release of Guantánamo Bay documents; U.S. military bounties for terrorism suspects in Pakistan and Afghanistan; definition of “terrorist”; U.S. government's rationale for Iraq invasion; American exceptionalism; history of U.S. government's use of torture; psychological molding of soldiers and operatives as torturers; ineffectiveness of torture as means of intelligence gathering; waterboarding, sexual humiliation and other U.S. torture techniques used in “war on terror”; Bagram Airbase and other foreign prison facilities; private contractors and interrogation sites; innocence and habeas corpus rights of Guantánamo detainees; U.S. Congress and D.C. Circuit Court's obstruction of habeas corpus petitions and proceedings; conditions at Guantánamo; Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab as turning point of Barack Obama's heightened engagement in the “war on terror”; Obama on closing Guantánamo; Obama administration “kill list” and drone attacks; drones and the dissolving of battlefield boundaries; detention of Aafia Siddiqui and women and children by U.S. military; release of detainees and national security; Errol Morris' film Standard Operating Procedure; making of Outside the Law: Stories From Guantánamo. Cases discussed: Rasul v. Bush; Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
- Detention of persons--Cuba--Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
- Drone aircraft.
- Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp.
- Guantánamo Bay oral history project.
- Habeas corpus--United States.
- Hamdan, Salim Ahmed, 1970-
- Human rights--United States.
- McClintock, Anne, interviewer.
- Oral histories.
- Prisoners of war--Legal status, laws, etc.--Cuba--Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
- Rule of law--United States.
- Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932-
- Thatcher, Margaret.
- Torture--Cuba--Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.
- United States. Supreme Court.
- Unlawful combatants--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
- Worthington, Andy--Interviews.
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