Listen to Excerpts of Mohamedou Slahi’s New Book

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I’ve just finished reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s new book, Guantánamo Diary. It is the first book published by a still-detained Guantánamo detainee, and, as one might expect, it is a harrowing read. However, the pages are also full of humor, compassion, and forgiveness, which is somewhat shocking coming from someone who has suffered as much abuse as Slahi has. It seems to perfectly capture the circuitous nature of interrogation of an entire decade and the no-win situations detainees were placed in over and over again, despite any evidence against them. It’s well worth the read, and I encourage you to both purchase it and sign the petition to free its author right away. Below are some excerpts read by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit, Sherlock, The Imitation Game), Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta, narrator of the Harry Potter book series), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Pride and Prejudice), and Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair), who narrates an 8-minute documentary about the book’s creation. Continue reading

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

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From January 4 – 12, 2015, Witness Against Torture (WAT) activists assembled in Washington D.C. for an annual time of fasting and public witness to end the United States’ use of torture and indefinite detention and to demand the closure, with immediate freedom for those long cleared for release, of the illegal U.S. prison at Guantanamo. Continue reading

January Newsletter: Fast for Justice Review

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  In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King Jr.   Witness Against Torture has returned home from our annual Fast For Justice in Washington, D.C. We … Continue reading

Daily Update – Day 8 of the Fast for Justice

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Dear Friends, A powerful day of action! Please see our press release below, press coverage in Roll Call and the Washington Post, as well as a more detailed overview of the day. And look through and share these powerful images. … Continue reading

21 Arrested: Demonstrators Interrupt US Senate; Block DC Central Cell Block Entrance

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Washington, D.C.— Witness Against Torture held two actions in Washington, DC condemning domestic racism and the violation of human rights in the War on Terror. Inside the United States Senate chamber at 2:30 pm, thirteen demonstrators interrupted Senate proceedings to … Continue reading

January 11th, 2015: Videos

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Daily Update – Day 7 of the Fast for Justice

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Dear Friends, It is hard to believe that our time together in Washington DC is soon coming to an end.  The days have been full, and today – marking the beginning of the 14th year of indefinite detention for the men in … Continue reading

HandsUp Coalition DC to Bring ‘Coffin’ to Department of Justice

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Up CoalitionDC  To Bring ‘Coffin’ to Department of Justice  January 13, 2015, Washington, D.C .—Washington-based Hands Up Coalition DC will deliver a coffin to its ‘Justice Monday Vigil’ at the Department of Justice Monday, January 12, 4:00 PM. The coffin symbolizes the deaths of two … Continue reading

Jeremy Varon’s Full Remarks from the White House Rally

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Daily Update – Day 6 of the Fast for Justice

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Dear friends, Today was a busy one – and tomorrow and Monday will be busier still. Still lots of organizing and planning and meeting and acting – all of which become a little more difficult as we go deeper into … Continue reading