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Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side by Clive Stafford Smith

I read this a few months ago and it is a very powerful book.  I was thinking about this book when I saw this op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Post.  What a heartbreaking legacy we are leaving the world when we fail to unequivocally denounce torture.

I was touched by several of the prisoners profiled in this book and by the good work being done by Clive Stafford Smith.  One can’t help but think while reading this book, that awful things can happen to very innocent people anywhere in the world.  Kafka well knew of this phenomenom and each of us should wonder whether we could find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and how we would handle it.

Many of the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay really are innocent and aren’t the “worst of the worse” as Vice President Cheney has often stated.  Some of these men were sold out by other people because the U.S. government was offering a $5,000 bounty for “terrorists.”  And some of these men were actually boys who were only trying to better themselves by getting an education.

Be prepared to cringe and cry when reading this book, but Americans have the duty and responsibility to educate themselves about what is being done in our names.  And make no mistake about it, torture of innocent people is taking place in our names, perhaps even as I write this.  Don’t count on our weak and compliant press to help keep you informed, because you will be greatly disappointed if you do.

The author, Clive Stafford Smith, has dual citizenship – American and the United Kingdom and is the founder of a non-profit organization, Reprieve.  He donated his time to represent these prisoners, so if you are so inclined consider donating a few dollars to his cause.  This is an A+ book and a must read.


August 19, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Nonfiction | , ,

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  1. […] Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side by Clive Stafford Smith I’ve posted a review of this book on my other blog, Books and More Books.  You can view it here. […]

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