Andy Worthington

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to his RSS feed (he can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see his definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in January 2010, and, if you appreciate his work, feel free to make a donation.

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


Life Sentence For Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Discredits Guantánamo’s Military Commissions – OpEd

Last Tuesday, in a courtroom in New York City, a long-running chapter in the “war on terror” came to an end, when Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwaiti-born cleric who appeared in media broadcasts as a spokesman for Al-Qaeda the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, received a life sentence based on […]

Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla


Shameful: US Judge Increases Prison Sentence Of Tortured US Enemy Combatant Jose Padilla – OpEd

Of the tens of thousands of victims of the Bush administration’s novel approach to detention in the “war on terror” — which involved shredding the Geneva Conventions, the use of torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial, and, in some cases, extraordinary rendition –  few of the victims were American citizens, but three particular […]

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


The Despair Of Guantánamo’s Most Prominent Hunger Striker – OpEd

Guantánamo’s most prominent hunger striker is Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a 43-year old Syrian prisoner, married with four children and long cleared for release, who is in a wheelchair as a result of his treatment in US custody, and has been on a hunger strike since last spring. Others have been on a hunger strike for […]

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


Calling For Closure Of Guantánamo On 13th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks – OpEd

I wrote the following article, under the heading, “On the 13th Anniversary of 9/11, It’s Time for Guantánamo to Close,” for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012 with US attorney Tom Wilner. Please join us — just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence […]