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America's Torture Chamber: 20 Years of Guantanamo... It Must Be Closed NOW!

Sunday, January 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Revolution Books
Location Details:
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704

Mansoor Adayfi, Andy Worthington and Shelby Sullivan-Bennis speaking on America's Torture Chamber: 20 Years of Guantanamo...It Must Be Closed NOW!

Mansoor Adayfi, an innocent man who was detained without charge for 15 years in Guantanamo, is the author of a new memoir Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo, published in August 2021. Mansoor is a citizen of Yemen but upon his release from Guantanamo, he was sent to Serbia - a place Mansoor describes as "Guantanamo 2.0." Order his book here

Andy Worthington, British journalist and co-founder of Andy is internationally known for exposing the horrors of the Guantanamo detention camp, and bringing to light the true stories of the men detained.

Shelby Sullivan-Benis, a lawyer for Guantanamo prisoners and victims of U.S. drone strikes outside of war zones, will also speak on Sunday.

Sunday's program will feature a video performance of a short piano piece by composer-guitarist Luis McDougal entitled "Homage to Abu." It is dedicated to Abu Zubaydah who has been repeatedly tortured and remains detained without charge at Guantanamo (for 20 years).

-- Abu Zubaydah: "I was told...that I was one of the first to receive these interrogation techniques, so no rules applied. It felt like they were experimenting and trying out techniques to be used later on other people."

January 2022 marks the 20th year since the Guantanamo torture colony was set up. Joe Biden is the fourth president—two Democrats and two Republicans—to preside over a facility whose torture practices have been, for two decades, an extreme violation of U.S. and international law.

In January 2002, President George W. Bush created the military prison within the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The vast majority of those held there from its beginnings were picked up without any incriminating evidence. Guantanamo prison is a shameful icon of torture, including water boarding, and of indefinite detention without charge or trial. It violates basic human rights -- and has been a tool of U.S. imperialism’s “wars without end” in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.

Read for more on Guantanamo.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jan 26, 2022 9:21PM
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