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Clive Stafford Smith

Clive Adrian Stafford Smith OBE (born 9 July 1959) is a British lawyer who specialises in the areas of civil rights and the death penalty in the United States of America.

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Director of Clive Stafford Smith just launched - a campaign saying no to drone strikes
Clive Stafford Smith reveals the truth behind US kill lists and how is fighting back.…
Clive Stafford Smith at authoritarian types chosen for police (though doesn't mean they're bad people). What about teachers?
Clive Stafford Smith at on Prevent: focus on inspiring people to do good and you won't have to prevent them doing evil.
" 'Capital punishment' generally means that those without the capital get the punishment" - The Injustice System, Clive Stafford Smith
- good or bad? we have a pay ratio at Reprieve, and it works | Clive Stafford Smith
Great interview with heroic human rights lawyer LISTEN
The science of shaken baby syndrome | well said Clive Stafford Smith. Science is opinion & can be wrong
killing was not only tragic, it was perverse | Clive Stafford Smith
Clive Stafford Smith on the Dr Waney Squier case. Spot on.
Letter from Michael Mansfield, Clive Stafford Smith +others condemns GMC decision to strike off Dr Waney Squier https:…
Didn't the reports say Clive Stafford Smith is once again behind this?
Hanging my Death Row work at reminded me of the great work done by Clive Stafford Smith &
Drone strike 'Kill List' - and Britain's role in it - will only make the world more dangerous
ROGER WATERS: I got involved really with Shaker when Clive Stafford Smith, who’s his lead attorney from Reprieve...
An excerpt from: The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong By Clive Stafford Smith
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even his Amnesty Intl lawyer Clive Stafford Smith says questions are unanswered why he was there?..Just hope we don't give him £££
Can we get a round of applause for Clive Stafford Smith, who in yesterday's managed to use the word "bombasticate"
Well done to Clive Stafford Smith, Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Slaughter and others for their tireless work getting this to happen.
Clive Stafford Smith, Shaker Aamer's lawyer: "This is great news, albeit about 13 years too late."
I do.and I've talked to Clive Stafford Smith about how it inspired me to do this.
Clive Stafford Smith talks about the two men that were almost hung last week in The fight is not over yet:
There are heroes in the world, and is one of them; you can tell by how keen he is to praise other people
Nice chance to talk about my Dad's mental illness & Loreilei Guillory (true heroine) at
Clive Stafford Smith of writes in the Guardian about Bahadur Masih today
Worse than perverse RT"Bahadur’s killing is not only tragic, its perverse | Clive Stafford Smith
A new favorite: DIDA: Clive Stafford Smith by on
Clive Stafford Smith on the Aftab Bahadur 'execution' in Pakistan. We should just call it what it is: murder. Tragic.
Clive Stafford Smith on "the neolithic notion that we can teach people that killing is wrong by killing people"
The justice system is just not interested in justice! ~Clive Stafford Smith~
Last week took to the stage, read about it via
packed meeting at Town Hall with Clive Stafford Smith hosting. Films of interesting locals who support Ros, now time for Q & A
Clive Stafford Smith says we should understand people & mental health to try & prevent things happening in the f…
Clive Stafford Smith: Beaten, force-fed and kept in solitary confinement, this British Guantánamo prisoner is in no doubt about the truth of the CIA report
US did diverged so far from the path of civilisation Ask Shaker Aamer | Clive Stafford Smith via
Clive Stafford Smith will take on the world to stand up for his clients and do it for free.
If you're gonna be a lawyer be a cross between Stan Cohen and Clive Stafford Smith
You're a great actress. Stick to acting and not campaigning for murderers:.
When will we put a stop to Shaker Aamer's horrific Guantánamo ordeal? | Clive Stafford Smith
Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve writing in The Guardian about Shaker Aamer and the torture program, reminding us... http:/…
Clive Stafford Smith tells Shaker Aamer can corroborate information that's desperately bad for Bush admin
Clive Stafford Smith tells CIA involved in abuse in Guantanamo
Must read: Want to know the reality of US torture? Ask Shaker Aamer | Clive Stafford Smith
Clive Stafford Smith tells surprised by a few of torture techniques in Senate committee report
David Cameron’s human rights ploy would undermine the rule of law | Clive Stafford Smith trend progresses...
A note from Roger: Recently I received a copy of a letter sent from Guantanamo by Shaker Aamer, a UK resident, who has been detained in Gitmo without trial for 12 years. Shaker's letter was forwarded by Clive Stafford Smith, a man I have met, who tirelessly advocates the rule of law, and every human being's right to a fair trial. In his letter Shaker quotes some lyrics of mine and it was on those grounds that Clive forwarded the letter to me. I felt it important that Shaker's story is heard, and that Clive Stafford Smith’s and Reprieve's attachment to the law is Is recognized as being fundamentally important to us all. Love Roger Please visit: delivers justice and saves lives, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. We investigate, we litigate and we educate, working on the frontline, providing legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. We promote the rule of law around the world, and secure each person’s right to a fair trial. And in doing so, we save lives. Reprieve prioritises the cases ...
A note from lawyer Clive Stafford Smith who has just returned from another visit to Guantanamo Bay: The Worst of the Worst This has been my thirty-first visit to Guantánamo Bay, the notorious Cuban prison which, according to former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, houses the “worst of the worst” terrorists in the world. It has been a long time coming, but I believe I have finally seen the worst of the worst. Sad to say, the current military administration at the prison is the very worst in the decade since I first came here. General John Kelly and Colonel John Bogdan, the officers in charge, seem intent on repeating every mistake made by their predecessors, adding some fresh ones of their own. The mistreatment of prisoners has been exemplified by General Kelly’s approach to the hunger strike. First, he said “the whole hunger strike thing was kind of a joke” really – none of the prisoners, he assured the media, was serious about it. I was aghast when I read this. I tried going a week w ...
These 6 Books Are Banned at Guantanamo Bay-Military Prison in Cuba: 1. Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 2. The Innocent Man, by John Grishman 3. The African American Slave, by Frederick Douglas 4. Jack & the Beanstalk, by EM Naguib 5. The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare 6. Injustice, by Clive Stafford Smith
Inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison have launched a new round of hunger strikes, says Shaker Aamer, a British inmate at the United States’ notorious facility in Cuba. In a phone call from the US military prison to Clive Stafford Smith, the director of legal action charity Reprieve, Aamer revealed that 29 detainees, including himself, are now on hunger strike
Tariq Aziz (1995-2012) - this courageous young boy is known very little in Pakistan. Why don't you know him? Because he couldn't drift a car down a mountain? Sad...so I'll tell you his story, in an attempt to wake your feeble minds up. Tariq Aziz and his 12-year old cousin Waheed Khan were murdered in a US terror drone strike in the Miranshah area North Waziristan one week after the anti-drone dharna lead by PTI and Human Rights Activists in 2012. Prior to his murder, 16-year old Tariq Aziz came to Islamabad and helped the Bureau of Investigative Journalism document civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. He spoke to numerous journalists and investigative reporters about the crimes happening in his native Waziristan. Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said: "I met this lad Tariq last week, and he was no more a terrorist than my mother". With his help, and the help of countless others, a moving documentary directed by US filmmaker Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation were able to highlight ...
1. What people think about Pakistan? I really don’t understand either. Different people have different sentiments about this country. I personally believe that the countryis gone crazy. (Your estimation are most welcome). 1.1 The Drone Strikes: The American use of UAVs to attack targetsin Pakistan began in 2004. Originally drones, such as the Predator, had beendesigned to be reconnaissance aircraft that linger over territory for longperiods of time and send back real-time imagery to whoever was controlling themfrom a remote location. But in the early 2000s, the idea surfaced to arm thePredator drone with missiles so that it could engage and destroy ground targetsas they presented themselves or to send the drones on specific missions to takeout particular targets. 1.2 Will Pakistan finally stand up against illegal US drone attacks?   The Peshawar high court has delivered adamning verdict on the strikes. Pakistan must now move towards protecting thesecurity of its citizens Clive Stafford Smith  www.guar ...
Meeting the Victims of a U.S. Drone Strike by JUDY BELLO First thing in the morning I’ll board the bus heading for South Waziristan. Thirty five westerners will be heading for Dehr Ismail Khan and on to the border town of Kotkai, including Clive Stafford Smith of the London based organization Reprieve, who started our defending prisoners in Guantanamo, and is now focused on mounting lawsuits for the survivors of drone attacks and the families of those who did not survive and other members of Reprieve; including about 30 members of the colorful American antiwar group, CodePink and their intrepid leader, Medea Benjamin, who organized this mission; including representatives of the Christian Peacekeepers, Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars and the United National Antiwar Coalition in the United States and many others. Our hosts for this mission are Shahzad Akhbar and the three lovely Maryams (all lawyers) on his staff at the Foundation for Fundamental R ...
Interview with human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith by INSP's news service today-on his new
The brilliant Clive Stafford Smith saying it like it is: Foreign Office ministers are cowards and wearing Speedos is criminal
Clive Stafford Smith on "No Gulag ever had 52 per cent of prisoners cleared for release"
Bespreking Eight o'clock ferry to the windward side - Clive Stafford Smith - (cc
"but no Soviet gulag ever had 52 per cent of its prisoners cleared for release," Clive Stafford Smith, director of legal charity Reprieve,
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Quote from - with that, I'm off to sort my US visa to get to Mississippi!
Save Shaker campaign reaches 10 petitioners to the UK government ... Clive Stafford Smith and his organisation Reprieve once again help
On the bizarre world of Executions in Indonesia,
Get the inside scoop from on how campaigning really can make a positive difference at
Executions in Indonesia: Sacrifices to the False God of Deterrence via
Inspirerend TEDx-talk Clive Stafford Smith - How the US judicial process convicts the wrong people
Looking forward to speaking at this important meeting with Clive Stafford Smith (founder of Reprieve), Victoria Brittain (Journalist and former associate foreign editor of the Guardian) and Asim Qureshi (Executive Director of Cageprisoners).
To everyone reading this post: you really ought to come to our fantastic panel discussion on 21st May featuring Clive Stafford Smith, David Jessel and John Podmore, among others. Tickets are FREE! See event page for details.
Clive Stafford Smith: A UK supreme court ruling on the unlawful detention of Yunus Rahmatullah exposes the complicity of Britain with the US
A Night at the Opera with Clive Stafford-Smith: via
Historical Briefs: July, 2011 A Question of War Crimes: Human rights lawyers in the United Kingdom and Pakistan are seeking arrest warrants for a former CIA Legal Director for approving drone strikes that killed hundreds of non-combatants. John Rizzo, who served as the Acting General Consul for the CIA, has admitted approving of drone strikes inside Pakistan beginning 2004. “It’s basically a hit list” Rizzo said. “The Predator is a weapon of choice, but it could also be someone putting a bullet in your head.” Last year 42 drone strikes into Pakistan were approved. Under President Obama, strikes have quadrupled. “There has clearly been a crime here”, Clive Stafford Smith, a British human rights lawyer who is leading the arrest effort recently told al-Jazeera. Arghandab River Valley Atrocity: During October of 2010, an American-led assault deploying 25 tons of bombs totally annihilated Tarok Kolache, a rural village in Kandahar’s Arghandab River Valley. Initial accounts claim a high percenta ...
Started reading my new Howard Jacobson book on the train this morning. :-) Looking forward to Clive Stafford Smith tonight.
Hi John Please find interview we did with Clive Stafford Smith (Reprieve) Enjoy!
Imran Khan with a good sense of humour: Clive Stafford Smith, the director of Reprieve shared the ride with Imran...
Imran Khan marches into tribal badlands
Moeed Pirzada Army did not allow PTI Rally to enter Waziristan: Clive Stafford Smith, the British head of the legal lobby group Reprieve, said that whether or not the group reached its intended destination was irrelevant.“It’s already a wonderful success,” he told reporters. “It doesn’t matter what happens from here on. We’ve generated a huge amount of publicity not just in Pakistan but across the world.”.
Public opposition to the growing use of unmanned drones is being made much more visible this week in protests taking place around the world.
Clive Stafford Smith,founder & Director of Reprieve: I plan2 say sorry2 the innocent victims of in
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The first step towards making someone trustworthy is to trust them Clive Stafford Smith
Today Clive Stafford Smith, and others begin their anti-drones march to Waziristan.
you're not reporting major anti drone march in Pakistan led by Imran Khan w/ Clive Stafford Smith
Clive Stafford Smith and co on the anti-drones march to Waziristan. They are 80km away from Mian Wali.
U.S. diplomats Friday warned a group of American peace activists not to attend a rally against U.S. missile strikes scheduled for this weekend, saying terrorists have threatened to attack the demonstration.
What the drones protest march in Waziristan aims to achieve: British civil rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and inter
""An entire region is being terrorised by the constant threat of death from the skies," said Reprieve's director, Clive Stafford Smith. "Their way of life is collapsing: kids are too terrified to go to school, adults are afraid to attend weddings, funerals, business meeting or anything that involves gathering in groups." Some of the most harrowing personal testimonies involve those who have witnessed "double-tap" strikes. Researchers said people in Waziristan – the tribal area where most of the strikes take place – are "acutely aware of reports of the practice of follow-up strikes", and explained that the secondary strikes have discouraged ordinary civilians from coming to one another's rescue. One interviewee, describing a strike on his in-laws' home, said a follow-up missile killed would-be rescuers. "Other people came to check what had happened; they were looking for the children in the beds and then a second drone strike hit those people."
After being imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for seven years, during which he was repeatedly interrogated and tortured, including being physically, sexually, and psychologically abused, Al Hajj was released without any charges held against him. Al Hajj, a journalist for the Al Jazeera network, was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 while on his way to do camerawork for the network concerning the war that had recently broken out in Afghanistan. It has been speculated by both Al Hajj’s lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, and Reporters Without Borders that the main reason that he was incarcerated for so long was due to the US Miliary’s desire to make him an informant against Al Jazeera, as most of Al Hajj’s interrogations consisted of American interrogators questioning him about the (Al Jazeera) network. While in Guantanamo, Al Hajj wrote a poem titled Humiliated in Shackles to his son Mohammad: When I heard pigeons cooing in the trees, Hot tears covered my face. When the lark chirped, my thoughts composed A message f ...
Watch Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith at teatime talk on his latest book, Injustice:
Watch director at teatime talk on his latest book, Injustice:
Teatime talk with TFN on Injustice and Kris Maharaj,
Targeted Individuals: what is being done to us violates Geneva Conventions. How can we document this. Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith ?
Article by Clive Stafford Smith asking him not to put him & Imran Khan on the "kill list" for their march on Sunday
Thunderer | Clive Stafford Smith: Our march into Waziristan should reveal truths thus far hidden from the world’s gaze
Search CSPAN archives for SH congressional testimony. Clive Stafford Smith was there, too. It was devastating.
"Clive Stafford Smith, the British civil-rights lawyer who has acted on behalf of at least 128 Guantanamo...
The ability to rationalize this, from a comfortable distance, is the most obscene form of privilege.
look at how Clive Stafford Smith operated his EBTesque income (final paragraph)
Clive Stafford Smith, is now trending in Canada
Innocence is no legal issue in challenge to your conviction under the US constitution? Kris had no chance. mRT Clive Stafford Smith
Drones: the west's new terror campaign | Clive Stafford Smith via
Syed, can you please tell me if this is true.
The nice thing about this graphic is that it shows that we are not targeting people right across the border, that make quick incursions into Afghanistan on foot, but way across into Pakistan where there is no clear imminent danger to the US or its soldiers. I say imminent danger, because that is one of the excuses given for us killing all these people. They posed an imminent danger to us all. I would love to wake and find that i have been dreaming, and these acts were not done in my name. That we really lived in a just society in which those that authorize these acts would be held accountable, and that would definitely include Barack.
Obama's "war on women" is really Obama's war on children.
It rings very, very hallow Mr. Obama when we lament those crazy people taking innocent lives in movie theaters and yet are quite alright taking innocent lives, especially in other countries. Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
As allies and partners with the US in this endless war we should all be ashamed at what we are doing to these people. We're so quick to support the activities of people like the Machine Gun Preacher because he protects children yet we carry out atrocities like this on a regular basis. Makes me sick to my stomach.
I know this but I'm still going to vote for Obama because I'm anti war
Quantity not quality.. Sounds about right 1-50
1/50? 2%? What, this is a web marketing campaign? O.o
Let us pray these drones attacks be stopped. Read of the double tap which then kills anyone trying to help the wounded. Humanity be damned. We have drones.
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Clive Stafford Smith: The CIA's Predator drones are bringing to Pakistan the same horror that Hitler's doodlebugs inflicted on London
The excellent Clive Stafford Smith in 'debate' w/Michael Winner over death penalty. Come on please don't insult us
Book festival interview: Clive Stafford Smith, author of Injustice
Clive Stafford Smith on the appropriation of music by the military and its use as a tool of torture
According to Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve, though the US Justice system is more modern than the UK, it brings more harm
The long, slow death of innocence - Clive Stafford Smith on the state of the death penalty in the US.
A new book by Clive Stafford Smith, a British lawyer who has defended death row inmates in the U.S., offers an in-depth view of capital punishment in America. In Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America, Stafford Smith examines the case of Kris Maharaj, a British citizen who was sente...
Great listening to Clive Stafford Smith and Jon Snow tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre @ South Bank Centre
Clive Stafford Smith, NS: US justice system no primarily interested in justice but in ensuring that no-one sees through it
Clive Stafford Smith, NS: Maharaj case shows injustice is not simply cos US judges corrupt- US justice system is structured to make mistakes
Do you have any proof copies of Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith (Harvill Secker)? I'm desperate to read it - Tori : )
I cant wait for this book from a real hero of mine. BBC News - Meet the Author: Clive Stafford Smith
We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, unaware of the consequences | Clive Stafford Smith via
Clive Stafford Smith: Obama's policy of killing 'militants' in Pakistan may go down well in the US, but it is provoking an extremist backlash abroad
Video on msnbc.com: Clive Stafford Smith, director of Reprieve, a group representing the victims of drone strikes, joins from the Drone Summit convening in Washington D.C., an event set to investigate expanding the US drone program. The Up panelists key in on what this “expansion” means as the milit...
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Next up: Clive Stafford Smith (who starts off his presentation with a picture of his 3 year old son :)
My i/view (in 3 parts) with Hamid Mir- Capital Talk with Clive Stafford Smith re drones/ Pakistan | BBC News Alert
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