Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (long version)

It’s more than just a history lesson, as 241 men are still in Guantanamo, and their cases are currently being reviewed. Still silenced, they are having to trust to others to prove that, in many cases, the information used against them does not rise to the level of evidence,Andy - See here for my latest appraisal:

Here's a compelling INTRO by a woman named Mary:

Dear Mr. Worthington:

You have done the most important thing anyone could have done, on behalf of all of us. You have not allowed them to be forgotten.
Kudos and laurel wreaths to Andy Worthington! He didn’t forget. He didn’t let them bury these people. He didn’t close his eyes. He didn’t have other things to do. He didn’t just hope and wait and pray. He didn’t let someone else do it.

HE did it. This is an AMAZING web site! Take. A. Look! here
Guantánamo: The Definitive Prisoner List

Andy Worthington Says:
I’ve just published the first definitive list of the 779 prisoners held in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which is available in four parts. Click on the following links for Part 1 (ISNs 002 to 200)here, Part 2 (ISNs 201 to 496)
here, Part 3 (ISNs 497 to 732) here,and Part 4 (ISNs 743 to 10030)here

The list is the result of three years’ research and writing about Guantánamo, which began with my book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press), and has continued with over 300 articles about Guantánamo for a variety of publications. The list provides details of the 533 prisoners who have been released, and includes, for the first time ever, accurate dates for their release. It also provides details of the 241 prisoners who are still held, including the 59 prisoners who have been cleared for release. Although some stories are still unknown, the stories of 700 prisoners are referenced either by links to my extensive archive of articles about Guantánamo, or to the chapters in The Guantánamo Files where they can be found.

As I explain in the introduction to the list:

“It is my hope that this project will provide an invaluable research tool for those seeking to understand how it came to pass that the government of the United States turned its back on domestic and international law, establishing torture as official US policy, and holding men without charge or trial neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects to be put forward for trial in a federal court, but as ‘illegal enemy combatants.’

“I also hope that it provides a compelling explanation of how that same government, under the leadership of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, established a prison in which the overwhelming majority of those held — at least 93 percent of the 779 men and boys imprisoned in total — were either completely innocent people, seized as a result of dubious intelligence or sold for bounty payments, or Taliban foot soldiers, recruited to fight an inter-Muslim civil war that began long before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that had nothing to do with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or international terrorism.”

About the author

Andy Worthington studied English Language and Literature at New College, Oxford. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the British human rights group Cageprisoners and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He has also written for the New York Times, Amnesty International, Index on Censorship, and FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), and his articles are published regularly on the Huffington Post, the Raw Story, AlterNet, Antiwar.com. CounterPunch and other websites. In 2008, he wrote the entry “Guantánamo Scandal” for the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia.

The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison is published by Pluto Press and distributed in the US by Macmillan, and is available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK. Andy is also the author of two books on modern British social history.

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