The Grotesque Injustice of Guantánamo: Some Insiders' Accounts

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

The illegality, immorality and inhumanity of the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is the focus of a special presentation and panel discussion.

After being incarcerated with no charges and no trial for more than a decade, and subjected to inhumane conditions and treatment, 166 detainees from more than 25 Middle Eastern and Asian countries remain in captivity at Guantánamo. An examination of this horrendous reality will be provided by experts with intimate knowledge of the conditions at the infamous detention center.


**Steven T. Wax, chief Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon, is considered one of the premier defenders in the nation with expertise in habeas corpus. He oversaw a legal team representing a number of the kidnapped Guantánamo prisoners, including Sudanese hospital administrator Adel Hamad, and successfully defended Portland lawyer Brandon Mayfield who was arrested in the U.S. global “war on terror” as a material witness to bombings in Spain based on the FBI’s grossly mistaken fingerprint identification. A graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law instructor at Lewis & Clark College, he is author of Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror (Other Press, 2008).


**Laura Sandow, a U.S. Navy veteran, was serving at the Guantánamo Naval Base when the first detainees were brought there from the Middle East and Asia in 2001-2002. Her story is featured in comic strip form in the June 2013 issue of Symbolia, a new electronic magazine designed for tablet.


**S. Brian Willson, former commander of a security unit in Viet Nam, trained lawyer and criminologist, and long-time peace activist, recently participated in a hunger strike in Portland in solidarity with Guantánamo hunger strikers. He is author of Blood On The Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson (PM Press, 2011).


**Additional teleconference panelists to be announced.


**Portland journalist Sarah Mirk will moderate the discussion.


Suggested sliding-scale donation of $5 to $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


The event is cosponsored by Veterans For Peace Portland Chapter 72, 18th Avenue Peace House, Alliance for Democracy, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, American Iranian Friendship Council, Anarchist Black Cross, Code Pink Portland, Economic Justice Action Group and Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Education WithOut Borders, Freedom Socialist Party, Oregon Jericho, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Books to Prisoners, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee/Hands Off Latin America, Portland National Lawyers Guild, Radical Prisoner Support Portland, Recruiter Watch PDX, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Portland Branch, and KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM.


More information about this KBOO sponsored event and Veterans for Peace may be found at:



Buchan Room, First Unitarian Church 1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland
Contact name: 
Becky Luening; VFP-Chapter 72


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