I have two new articles out:
It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This: My longread for Vice magazine is now live.
Camp X-Ray has been abandoned for over a decade. Birds nest on the razor wire. Vines have overtaken the cages. With the breeze and butterflies, one could think it is just a still-standing reminder of a shameful past. For the current prisoners who passed through X-Ray, it is still part of their reality. They may have left, but they are not free.
You can read in full about my trip to Guantanamo Bay in their print magazine and online at Vice.com
The Bradley Manning Truth Brigade: In Ft. Meade, VA, I have been sitting in the court room for Bradley Manning’s trial, drawing and writing to cover the verdict.
The most important whistleblower of the century stood accused of treason. But the trial’s environs had none of the grandeur of Manning’s revelations. Fort Meade, Maryland, home of the NSA and other defense agencies, is an unlovely suburb with vinyl siding, twee lampposts and trivia night at the bowling lanes. The military court only holds about 50, with overflow trailers for the public and the press. Misdemeanor court has more mystique.
Only the guards hinted that the proceedings were special. They carried enough ammo to turn every Manning supporter present into a fine red mist.
You can read about the many, many supporters I’ve met in my time down here online at Creativetimereports.org