Clive Stafford Smith

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the USA.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Trump Knows Nothing About Guantanamo Bay – He'll Make Matters Even Worse
While the same could, sadly, be said of many subjects, the president-to-be obviously knows nothing about Guantánamo Bay. On Tuesday, he said that "There should be no further releases from Gitmo." His tweet adds: "These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the...
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Will Pakistan Finally Stand Up Against Illegal US Drone Attacks?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Drones: The West's New Terror Campaign
Living Under Drones , a new report from Stanford and New York universities, was a difficult piece of fieldwork – I was with the law students in Peshawar as they tried to interview victims of the CIA's drone war.
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Monday, June 04, 2012
We Are Sleepwalking into the Drone Age, Unaware of the Consequences
Last October I was at a jirga in Islamabad where 80 people from Waziristan had assembled to talk about the US Predator drones that buzz around overhead, periodically delivering death by Hellfire missile. A jirga is the traditional forum for discussing and resolving disputes, part parliament, part court of law. The turbaned tribal elders were joined by their young sons on a rare foray out of their region to meet outsiders and discuss the killing.
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Friday, August 12, 2011
The Civilian Victims of the CIA's Drone War
I would not deny that the pilotless plane, flying bomb, or whatever its correct name may be, is an exceptionally unpleasant thing, because, unlike most other projectiles, it gives you time to think. What is your first reaction when you hear that droning, zooming noise? Inevitably, it is a hope that the noise won't stop. You want to hear the bomb pass safely overhead and die away into the distance …
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Without Truth About Torture, No Reconciliation
No matter how you dress it up, the question on the table is whether the Obama administration should continue to cover-up evidence of the criminal offence of torture, committed by US personnel. It is a truly remarkable notion that evidence of crimes should be suppressed because it might provoke anger around the world.
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Saturday, March 07, 2009
Binyam Mohamed: Here But Also There
I took a walk in the countryside with Binyam Mohamed after his release from Gitmo. "I still think I might wake up tomorrow morning and find myself back in Guantanamo Bay," he told me, as we climbed a hill in the West Country. "It would all be the same. I'd just find that I had just been allowed to spend a rather longer-than-normal visit with my attorney."
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
An Admission of Torture?
At a cursory glance, it may seem that the British court's decision in Binyam Mohamed's case yesterday reached a horrifying result: the evidence of Binyam's torture will be kept secret.
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