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Ex Senior Army Legal Advisor's Words Give Comfort in Guantánamo Bay

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

I sent Shaker Aamer the sermon Reverend Nicholas Mercer delivered in October which denounces the UK's involvement in the tortuous and horrifying tactics used in the 'war on terror' and its continued denial of justice to those still subjected to those same practices. Shaker, clearly touched, wrote back almost immediately.

Will They Ever Let Us Back to Our Families?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Shaker Aamer

I know I will leave here one day, perhaps soon. I have long been cleared, for six years now. But what of the other men here? Again, I worry about the 80 people who have not been cleared more than I do about myself and the other 83 who have. Some might get a trial of sorts, but scores never will. They say it's because they can't use the evidence against them in court. Even if we believe this excuse, we might well ask why the evidence is inadmissible - is it because they tortured the men? If so, then a thousand years of experience tells us that the statements are certainly unreliable, and probably false.

The Seventh and Final Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

So for me, the strike is over: not for any particularly good reason, just because it has gone on a week, and it is time to pass the baton over to Frankie Boyle. I was not sure when I began how long I would go for, since I had never foregone food for 48 hours before. I am satisfied with a week - it is longer than I expected to last, though less time than I could have.

The Fifth Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

The combination of lack of sleep with lack of food does seem to be the worst part of going on hunger strike... The notion of being coerced into feeding does make me think of the procedures described by Shaker Aamer in my call with him two days ago. Things in Guantánamo have gone from worse to terrible.

The Third Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Day three of my hunger strike did not start off well. I was awake by 4am, and gave up trying to rest half an hour later, my mind swirling with work to be done. At least I was productive in the early hours. Meanwhile, though, I have been pondering anew, rather tiredly, how trivial my concerns truly are...

The Second Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

I was warned that I would get grumpy, but I hope that did not happen. I did get the sensation of being light headed - I almost felt drunk - in the mid-afternoon. For half an hour, I found concentration more difficult. But overall I did not feel hungry until about eight-thirty in the evening. Shaker Aamer told me the second day would be one of the hardest - that after day four things would get easier. We'll see...

The First Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Today is the first day of my hungerstrike. While we have agreed that it can be done in simple solidarity with all the detainees - currently more than 100 are on strike, and at least 48 are being force fed - the alternative is to 'Adopt a Hunger Strike', where you choose to do it in sympathy with a particular prisoner. I was in Guantánamo visiting my clients last week, and I promised Shaker Aamer that I would do the next few days (as long as I can last) adopting his strike.

A Willing Bystander to the Guantanamo Debacle

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

Mr. President, it is true that the NDAA and rampant fear-mongering make it difficult to close Guantanamo Bay. But it's not impossible - and the power doesn't rest solely with Congress. You have the ability to make an immediate difference.