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Petitions:

Two GJC petition statements appear below. 
Petition sheets for you to use at your organisation meetings can be sent to you - contact GJC via email:  gjcampaign2016@gmail.com

To the UK Prime Minister and the UK Government,

'We call on you to demand of US President Donald Trump that he close down Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Of the remaining prisoners, those that have been cleared for release should be released immediately. The other prisoners should not be held in indefinite detention, and since there is no case against them, they too should be released immediately. The shameful ordeal of those subjected to abduction, rendition, torture, abuse, and years of detention without trial, must never happen again.'

To the UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK Government,

'We call on you and the UK Government to establish an independent  judge-led public Inquiry into all allegations that the UK security services were complicit in the abuse and torture of UK citizens and residents abroad. The shameful ordeal of those subjected to abduction, rendition, torture, abuse, and years of detention without trial, must never happen again. Justice requires transparency and accountability.'


Film & video

2009 Documentary (48:30): Guantanamo: Inside The Wire (2009) A behind the scenes look at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Documentary (1:29:42)The Road To Guantanamo is the story of four friends who set off from the Midlands in September 2001 for an innocent wedding and holiday in Pakistan. Two and a half years later, only three of them returned home. 

Documentary (27:06): Inside Gitmo: Despite beginning his presidency with a promise to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention centre, Barack Obama never managed to do so in office. What has made this infamous place so hard to shut down?

Books

1) Confessions Of A Terrorist: Savage indictment of terror untruths.

Confessions Of A Terrorist by Richard Jackson (Zed Books, £16.99) - Richard Jackson is one of the world's leading experts on terrorism and Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. "Two men confront each other across a table in an airless, bland interrogation room...."

 See review: Confessions of a Terrorist

2) Sami al-Hajj’s memoirs

Prisoner 345 - My Six Years in Guantanamo

Every one of the 800 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay has a powerful story to share and al-Hajj's memoirs, Prisoner 345 - My Six Years in Guantanamo, is just one of them.

See review: Prisoner 345 - My Six Years in Guantanamo

3) Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Guantánamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s extraordinary account of rendition, captivity and torture reveals, more vividly than any book in the previous decade of shock-and-awe ferocity, how he and countless other men became victims of a profound sense of individual and collective emasculation. His captors tried to re-establish their full-spectrum dominance in a variety of ways.

See review: Guantanamo Diary

4) Guantanamo Bay: The Pentagon’s Alcatraz of the Caribbean:

Guantanamo Bay: The Pentagon’s Alcatraz of the Caribbean: by journalist Carol Rosenberg: Publisher's overview: "In January 2002, an editor at the Miami Herald dispatched correspondent Carol Rosenberg to report on an emerging U.S. military mission at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. The Pentagon was setting up a war on terror prison at Camp X-Ray. She called it The Alcatraz of the Caribbean. She saw U.S. Marines walk the first 20 prisoners off a U.S. Air Force cargo plane from Afghanistan looking like a poor man’s Hannibal Lecter – in orange jumpsuits and shackles and surgical masks and blackout goggles. Hundreds more would follow, and hundreds got to go, nine of them dead. And her assignment is still not over. For 15 years Carol Rosenberg has reported about the U.S. Navy base called Gitmo. The newspaper called it The Most Expensive Prison on Earth first, by White House estimates $5.6 million a year per prisoner. The newspaper calls the indefinite detainees forever prisoners, captives of a global war against an enemy with no leader to surrender. This Herald Books edition offers a unique perspective on the people, policy, and place that strikes Rosenberg as the first no-exit-strategy, U.S. military enterprise since the Vietnam War. Her dispatches are inside."

5) Unjustifiable Means

Unjustifiable Means, by Mark Fallon: Overview: "From a man who was there at the inception of the United States' torture program, Unjustifiable Meansdelves into the dark side of the United States government to reveal how our nation evolved to sanction evil. A true insider and a veteran NCIS agent, Mark Fallon was appointed the deputy commander of the Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) charged with bringing suspected terrorists to justice in the War on Terror. With the opening of Guantanamo Bay and the arrival of detainees, government agencies - including the CIA, Army, and NCIS - began infighting over whose jurisdiction the investigation fell under, and what the best method was for extracting information on al-Qaeda. Fallon has exclusive insider information on the decision to implement "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques", and the backchannels and deception employed to legalize these methods and hide them from the public's view. Hard-hitting, raw, and explosive, Unjustifiable Means forces the spotlight back onto how America lost its way and exposes those responsible for torturing innocent men under the guise of national security individuals who have yet to be held accountable for their actions."

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