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The Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Fighting the Lawless World of Guantanamo Bay

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At a July 17, 2003 press conference held jointly with Prime Minister Tony Blair, President George W. Bush described the prisoners held in Guantanamo: "The only thing I know for certain is that these are bad people." They are, supposedly, the worst of the worst of the world's terrorists. Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith is one of the few people in the world who has ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2007 by Nation Books (first published October 4th 2007)
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Jeffrey
Jan 12, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
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What do we know about Gitmo and the prisoners that are held there? Well, if you follow the news you will know that this is one of the prisons used to house the very dangerous element of terror prisoners found in foreign countries. No one truly knows many of the facts because the government has kept it classified. Still, there are plenty of folks that would have you believe that the camp is housing hundreds of INNOCENT MEN being deprived rights.

I have found that it is simply impossible to have
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Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Jun 09, 2012 Tessa in Mid-Michigan rated it it was ok
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Poorly edited and written. Confusing timelines and details. Some elements chosen were petty, insignificant and unconvincing. No evidence. One good point: Do we punish these more than the Nazis at Nuremberg? Juveniles should not have been there, at all, ever. Horrible torture in Morocco, from prisoners' testimonies--why all these secret prisons?
Colleen Clark
Feb 15, 2010 Colleen Clark rated it it was amazing
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Especially relevant today, 2/15/10, with the release of "Seven Paragraphs" (NY Times editorial of that title) by the British government, over US objection, about the torture of Binyam Mohammed. All the information is already in the public domain in this book and others.
Jon
Aug 05, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing
A well written account of some of the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay as well as good discussion about the ethics of torture. As an American citizen, if half of what the author writes about is true, it is a sad book that details a sad chapter in our history.
Leonora
Jan 29, 2008 Leonora rated it it was amazing
This book was a superb discussion of torture generally and also gave a fascinating explanation of how many of the Guantanamo inmates were captured in the first place. Whatever your politics, I strongly recommend this.
Mohammad Khalid Bin Mahbub
This book epitomizes the cliched idiom "truth is the first casualty of war". Reading this book, one may feel America has lost its long-cherished moral-superiority to dictate the narrative. Over that of the terrorists and rouge-states it is at war with.
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Jul 18, 2008 Adam added it
it's crazy to think that this shit is real.no justice no peace.
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Clive Stafford Smith OBE is a British, formerly US-based lawyer specializing in civil rights and the death penalty in the United States. He is also the founder and Director of Reprieve, a human rights not-for-profit organization. To date, Clive has helped secure the release of 65 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay (including every British prisoner) and still acts for 15 more. More recently, Clive has t ...more
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