Inhumane Acts: Guantánamo and More

Fri. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Amnesty International, Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace, and Together Cville


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Mark Fallon (Unjustifiable Means), Andrea Pitzer (One Long Night), and Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition) discuss the history of concentration camps and the American government’s disturbing use of torture and secrecy at the detainee camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Slahi will participate via Skype from Mauritania, due to travel restrictions.

Why should you attend?

“Mark Fallon is precisely the type of official that our nation most values when facing a threat: tough, courageous, experienced, and—no less important—fiercely faithful to the laws and values that define our country. Unlike some others in the Bush administration, he did not take his oath of office to condone illegality, incompetence, or dishonor, no matter how high the rank of the official ordering otherwise. By speaking out against and refusing to participate in the abuse of enemy captives, Fallon and his NCIS colleagues defended their integrity and our nation.” —Alberto Mora, former General Counsel, Department of the Navy and Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

“In this engrossing history, Pitzer traces the origins of concentration camps and follows their development over more than a century…. Pitzer excels at focusing this sprawling history on the personal level.”―Publishers Weekly

“Slahi emerges from the pages of his diary…as a curious and generous personality, observant, witty and devout, but by no means fanatical….Guantánamo Diary forces us to consider why the United States has set aside the cherished idea that a timely trial is the best way to determine who deserves to be in prison.”―Scott Shane, New York Times

Larry Siems, editor of Guantánamo Diary: Restored Edition, had planned to participate. Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Mr. Siems has had to cancel his participation.