Monday, May 21, 2012

The World Tomorrow: The Assange Interviews

This episode takes us to the very heart of America's War on Terror: Guantanamo Bay. Julian sits down with a former Gitmo prisoner and a rights campaigner, both fighting for those still trapped behind the wire.
Ten years ago the war on terror prompted the opening of the facility. Now, more than three years after President Obama ordered its closure, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp remains with us. Moazzam Begg is a former inmate. During his imprisonment, he signed a forced confession, admitting he "was armed and prepared to fight alongside the Taliban and Al Qaeda against the US,", but only after being hog-tied and beaten, as he listened "to the sound of a woman screaming next door I'm told or am led to believe is my wife". Asim Qureshi operates a human rights organization with the sole aim of raising awareness of the plight of prisoners remaining in Guantanamo Bay. Together, both men discuss the plight of Muslims in the post 9/11 world, the thin line between terror and self-defense, and Begg's belief that Obama has ushered in an era where "extra-judicial killing" has replaced "extra-judicial detention."


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