Saturday, January 21, 2012

Guantanamo Newsletter #3

OMNI GUANTANAMO NEWSLETTER #3,  January 21, 2012.   Compiled by Dick Bennett, for a Culture of Peace.   Guantanamo: A Disaster from the War on Terror and the US Culture of War.  (#1 March 3, 2011; #2 Dec. 11, 2011)
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See Torture, War on Terrorism and other related newsletters.

Contents of #1 March 3, 2011
Film: Worthington, Stories from Guantanamo
Books: Kurnaz; Mayer; Worthington
Transferring Prisoners for Trial
CCR Close Guantanamo Statement
Return Guantanamo to Cuba
No End Soon
Investigative Reporters: Andy Worthington, Carol Rosenberg
Chinese Torture Techniques
Violation of Due Process
Wendell Griffin on Habeas Corpus

Contents of #2 Dec. 11, 2011
WikiLeaks on Guantanamo
NYT Criticism
False Imprisonment
Awal Gul, 7th to Die
Close Guantanamo Statement
Witness Against Torture
What Obama Should Have Said and Done
Books: Hansen, Guantanamo; Smith, Eight O’Clock Ferry

Contents of #3

Bush, Congress, Courts, Obama, Public Lawlessness

Kurnaz, Gitmo Survivor After 5 Years

Obama Signs “Battlefield Bill” for Indefinite Detention

January 11 Resistance Coalition

Witess Against Torture and Catholic Worker:   January 11, 2012

Witness Against Torture and War Resisters League

In Addition to Gitmo:   US Terrorism Prison Complex

Greenwald Book on Bush/Obama

Bush, Congress, Courts, Obama
NPR Partner content from:

Guantanamo, 10 Years And Counting” by David Cole

Related NPR Stories

Notes From a Guantanamo Survivor
 Murat Kurnaz, The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2012, RSN
Kurnaz begins: "I left Guantanamo Bay much as I had arrived almost five years earlier - shackled hand-to-waist, waist-to-ankles, and ankles to a bolt on the airplane floor. My ears and eyes were goggled, my head hooded, and even though I was the only detainee on the flight this time, I was drugged and guarded by at least 10 soldiers."

Obama Signs Homeland Battlefield Bill Into Law Sara Sorcher, National Journal , Dec. 31, 2011, RSNPresident Obama today signed the highly controversial War Spending Bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with its so-called Homeland Battlefield provisions, allows the unconstitutional indefinite detention of US citizens by the US military.

JANUARY 11 IS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON for U.S. ILLEGALLY IMPRISONED AND TORTURED “DETAINEES” FROM AROUND THE WORLD.  A coalition of groups including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the Catholic Worker, and War Resisters League are planning events.  Contact;;

The Oct.-Nov. 2011 no. of THE CATHOLIC WORKER announced:
TEN YEARS TOO MANY: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO AND END TORTURE.   In D. C. a human chain representing the people still detained without charge or fair trial at Guantanamo and Bagram to stretch from the White House to the Capitol.    For more info. read the article in the above no. of CW or visit the website or write to Witness Against Torture care of Catholic Worker,
55 E. 3rd St.
, NY, N 10003.


10 Years of detention and torture: Witness Against Torture January actions .    January 2-12 Witness Against Torture will spend two weeks in Washington D.C. leading up to the 10 year commemoration of the Guantanamo prison and along with it a system of indefinite detention and torture that  targets Arab, South Asian, and Muslim men and necessitates the spread of  rampant Islamophobia that we have seen escalating over the last decade. January 3rd marks the beginning of a jury trial of 14 WAT activists who disrupted a session of Congress to demand that they stop permanent funding for Guantanamo prison. On January 11th, the date that marks 10 years of detention and torture at Guantanamo Bay, activists will gather for a demonstration against U.S. detention policies and form a human chain from the White House to Congress. Sign-up to join the protests and/or the fast that begins on January 2nd at

 Beyond Guantanamo, a Web of US Prisons for Terrorism Inmates “

 Scott Shane, The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2011, RSN

The report begins: "It is the other Guantanamo, an archipelago of federal prisons that stretches across the country, hidden away on back roads. Today, it houses far more men convicted in terrorism cases than the shrunken population of the prison in Cuba that has generated so much debate. An aggressive prosecution strategy, aimed at prevention as much as punishment, has sent away scores of people. They serve long sentences, often in restrictive, Muslim-majority units, under intensive monitoring by prison officers. Their world is spare."


See Greenwald, With Liberty and Justice for Some for full appraisal of BushObama including Guantanamo.


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