Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:50 pm

The article is a long quotation from a medical report on the psychiatric condition of Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. It is a remarkable and disturbing account of torture at the hands of U.S. interrogators and guards at Bagram, Kandahar, and Guantanamo.

12 Years a Guantanamo Captive

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 11:23 am

The United States transferred the first prisoners to a US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, twelve years ago today. There are 155 captives remaining at the prison. Seventy-six of those captives are cleared for release, and 45 of them have been designated as what can be referred to as “forever prisoners.” President Barack Obama’s [...]

Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 12:32 pm

It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent [...]

PJ Harvey’s Harrowing & Brilliant Protest Song in Support of Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 3:00 pm

Shaker Aamer is a British prisoner, who remains in detention at Guantanamo Bay, despite the fact that he has been cleared for release twice. He has been held for eleven years without charge or trial and, during his confinement, he has suffered torture. Aamer has led and participated in hunger strikes and been willing to [...]

British Prisoner Shaker Aamer May Die in Guantanamo Because of Secret Detention Deal

By: Sunday April 21, 2013 11:32 am

His hunger strike is approaching its seventieth day. He is beyond the point where experts say “irreversible cognitive impairment and psychological damage” can result yet British prisoner Shaker Aamer, who has been detained without charge or trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps for eleven years, remains committed to resistance. The Observer in the United Kingdom [...]

How US Military is Trying to Cover Up Hunger Strike at Guantanamo, According to Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:22 pm

British prisoner Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. He has not been charged with any crime or given a trial. He has been cleared for release yet he remains in detention. And he is one of the more than one hundred prisoners being held at Guantanamo who have been [...]

The Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Through the Eyes of British Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 11:36 am

For over eleven years, a British prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been held in detention without charge or trial. He has been cleared for release twice and suffered torture. He has been subject to conditions of solitary confinement for his participation in hunger strikes and for asserting that others in the prison have human rights. [...]

A Vote for Torture That Scars Prisoners vs. a Vote for Torture That Does Not Leave Scars

By: Monday October 1, 2012 1:28 pm

This election, Charlie Savage of the New York Times writes, will decide the future of “interrogation methods in terrorism cases,” whether torture techniques used by the administration of President George W. Bush are restored. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney favors “enhanced interrogation techniques” or torture. President Barack Obama has maintained certain torture techniques should not [...]

Veil of Secrecy Partially Lifted as US Discloses Names of Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Transfer

By: Friday September 21, 2012 6:56 pm

The United States government has disclosed the names of fifty-five of the eighty-six prisoners cleared for transfer from  Guantanamo Bay prison. All of the names made public were of prisoners President Barack Obama’s interagency  Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force approved for release from the prison. Previously, the US government had maintained the names of prisoners cleared [...]

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