Fragments have emerged in books and interviews, and in declassified accounts from the detainees' lawyers, but until now there has been no comprehensive overview of all their cases.
On March 12 the New America Foundation hosted a panel discussion featuring Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison and Tom Wilner, attorney for Guantanamo Detainees.
New America's Schwartz senior fellow and CNN terrorist analyst Peter Bergen moderated the session- New America Foundation
Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, and the author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden (Free Press, 2001), which has been translated into 18 languages. His new book is The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader (Free Press, 2006). Both books were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post, and documentaries based on the books were nominated for Emmys in 2002 and 2007.
Mr. Bergen is CNN's terrorism analyst; an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a fellow at New York University’s Center on Law & Security. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Rolling Stone, Washington Monthly, The Nation, The Times (UK), The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Guardian (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), and Prospect (UK).
He is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and has testified on Capitol Hill. Mr. Bergen holds a M.A in modern history from New College, Oxford University.
Thomas B. Wilner
Thomas B. Wilner (born 1944) is the managing partner of Shearman & Sterling's International Trade and Global Relations Practice.
Wilner has also represented the high-profile human rights cases of a dozen Kuwaiti citizens detained in the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Wilner earned his law degree in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Wilner has been admitted to the bar in a number of jurisdictions, including the US Supreme Court in 1975.
Andy Worthington is a freelance historian based in London. He is the author of The Guantanamo Files, the first book to tell the stories of all the detainees in America's controversial prison (to be published in September 2007).
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses finding the transcripts of the Guantanamo military tribunals and what they revealed: namely, who had been captured, where and when and for what reason.
Worthington discovers serious Anti-Arab sentiment and the shocking role of bounty payments in capturing these "terrorists."