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Clive Stafford Smith

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Clive Stafford Smith - A Life on Death Row

Brave Journeys with Tammi Faraday

Where should I start with today’s guest – apart from confessing that he’s a lifelong hero of mine?  Clive Stafford Smith is one of the world’s most distinguished Human Rights lawyers and the Founder of ‘Reprieve’ - a UK based legal NGO that defends marginalised people who are facing human rights abuses, often at the hands of powerful governments.   Clive’s dedicated over 25 years working on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the US.  He only takes on cases of those who can’t afford a lawyer & he’s assisted in the representation of over 400 prisoners and prevented their execution in 98% of cases.  In 2000, Clive was awarded an OBE for ‘humanitarian services’ and has won a raft of awards in the field of human rights that would take an hour alone to read out.   But it’s his own journey to becoming one of the world’s most feted civil libertarians which really has me spellbound.  And please don’t be fooled by his very regal British accent.  Whilst, Clive most certainly is an intellectual giant; he’s an intellectual giant with a heart of gold & a wicked sense of humour who believes that human beings – all human beings - deserve humanity and compassion. Yep … he’s extraordinary.  Buckle up dear friends, cos this episode is epic. BUT BEFORE YOU GO…Find out more about Clive here: https://reprieve.org/uk/person/clive-stafford-smith/Clive at TedX Exeter: https://www.tedxexeter.com/speakers/clive-stafford-smith/Follow Tam on Insta: @tamfaraday OR @bravejourneyspodcastFind out more about Tam here: https://tammifaraday.comJoin the conversation and chat about the episode on: https://www.facebook.com/bravejourneyspodcastNEED MORE INSPIRATION?Find other BRAVE JOURNEYS episodes here:https://link.chtbl.com/braveCREDITS:Creator, Host & Executive Producer: Tammi FaradayWith thanks to my special guest: Clive Stafford SmithAudio Editor: Zoltan FecsoWith very special thanks to George Weinberg.

1hr 10mins

10 Feb 2021

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Talking with Human Rights Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith

Oborne & Heller on Cricket

Clive Stafford-Smith OBE  is a cricket-lover who is also one of the leading human rights lawyers in the world. He is the founder of Reprieve, an organization which specializes in defending people facing execution and victims of rendition, extrajudicial detention and torture in the name of counter-terrorism. As a lawyer practising in the southern United States he personally represented over 300 prisoners sentenced to death: all but six were spared. He won five cases in the (pre-Trump) Supreme Court. He has secured the release of 80 inmates detained without charges at the American facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, including all the British ones, and is still at work at another seven cases there. He is the guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller on their latest cricket-themed podcast. For information and how you can support Clive’s local cricket club, Broadwindsor, visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/savebroadwindsorcricketHe sets out his philosophy – and practice – of cricket as an alternative to war, especially between India and Pakistan, and hails the Taliban’s enthusiasm for cricket.  8-11 and 24 minutes He has had a long relationship with Imran Khan, forged in campaigns for victims of drone strikes, 14-18 minutes and repeats Imran’s stark warning of the possibility of a nuclear exchange in the recent hostilities over Kashmir. 18-19 and 21-23 minutesHe sets out ways in which cricket-lovers and other sporting enthusiasts might move human rights forward in different countries, including Dubai, the headquarters of world cricket, where foreign workers are victims of discrimination and exploitation. 50-55 minutesHe describes his amazing experiences playing cricket at Guantanamo (a location not so far mentioned in Wisden’s Cricket Around The World) with the poorly-paid Jamaican workers, 2-7 minutes and how he managed to give the latest scores to cricket-loving inmates despite often bizarre US censorship over numbers. 13-14 minutesClive learnt his cricket at Radley College, where his Warden was the inspirational Dennis  Silk, a major figure in English cricket. 36-37 minutes He became the College’s opening bowler despite a teenage struggle against bulimia. He describes this movingly, along with his response to Freddie Flintoff’s recent account of his own struggle with a condition still poorly understood among men. 39-41 minutesHe recalls his long experience of a thriving cricket scene in the United  States, 47-49 minutesparticularly  playing in Atlanta with and against many famous West Indian cricketers. They included Conrad Hunte. He speaks warmly of his ethical personality and his on-field kindness and forbearance with the efforts of his lesser playing colleagues. 42-46 minutesHe recently testified on behalf of Julian Assange in his fight against extradition. He explains the significance of the case and looks forward to welcoming the most celebrated member of the Quito Cricket Club into his local cricket club, Broadwindsor in Dorset. 26-28 minutes He is now trying to save the club from the threat of eviction by the new owners of their ground. 29-35 minutes He gives listeners the chance to donate to the campaign (and purchase an office or title within the club). Henry Blofeld sent such a fierce letter of support that he felt compelled to tone it down slightly. 34 minutes Surprisingly for such a battling lawyer he remarks: “The law’s not a great way to solve anything. I’d rather solve it by the rules of cricket”. 33 minutes

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19 Oct 2020

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9/11/20 Clive Stafford Smith on Julian Assange’s Political Show Trial

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews

Clive Stafford Smith, expert witness in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, talks about the outrageous scandal that is the U.S. government’s attempted prosecution of Assange and Wikileaks. Smith begins by making the obvious point that as a recipient of classified leaks, and not a leaker himself, Assange is no different than any journalist who writes stories containing classified information. To prosecute Wikileaks, in other words, the government would have to admit that they could prosecute the New York Times and The Washington Post as well. The focus of Smith’s testimony was on the many heroic and salutary effects Assange’s exposure of U.S. government malfeasance has had, including illegal torture of terrorism suspects, whom Smith has spent part of his legal career defending. Smith argues that these misdeeds must be exposed, since their continuation puts thousands of innocent lives at risk from blowback.Discussed on the show: “Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing” (Antiwar.com Original) Joint Prioritized Effects List “How Mom sent a guy to Gitmo” (Los Angeles Times) “State Department Cables” (WikiLeaks)Clive Stafford Smith is founder and director of Reprieve, and the author of Bad Men: Guantánamo Bay and the Secret Prisons and Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America. Follow him on Twitter @CliveSSmith../upload.sh 20_09_11_smith clivestaffordsmithThis episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjxh8lFGJio

31mins

12 Sep 2020

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9/11/20 Clive Stafford Smith on Julian Assange’s Political Show Trial

The Scott Horton Show from The Libertarian Institute

Clive Stafford Smith, expert witness in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, talks about the outrageous scandal that is the U.S. government’s attempted prosecution of Assange and Wikileaks. Smith begins by making the obvious point that as a recipient of classified leaks, and not a leaker himself, Assange is no different than any journalist who writes stories containing classified information. To prosecute Wikileaks, in other words, the government would have to admit that they could prosecute the New York Times and The Washington Post as well. The focus of Smith’s testimony was on the many heroic and salutary effects Assange’s exposure of U.S. government malfeasance has had, including illegal torture of terrorism suspects, whom Smith has spent part of his legal career defending. Smith argues that these misdeeds must be exposed, since their continuation puts thousands of innocent lives at risk from blowback. Discussed on the show: “Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing” (Antiwar.com Original) Joint Prioritized Effects List “How Mom sent a guy to Gitmo” (Los Angeles Times) “State Department Cables” (WikiLeaks) Clive Stafford Smith is founder and director of Reprieve, and the author of Bad Men: Guantánamo Bay and the Secret Prisons and Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America. Follow him on Twitter @CliveSSmith. ./upload.sh 20_09_11_smith clivestaffordsmith This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjxh8lFGJio

31mins

12 Sep 2020

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Criminal with Clive Stafford Smith

Somewhere To Believe In

In our final episode of season one, Katherine and Paul are joined by human rights lawyer, founder of Reprieve and all-round international justice powerhouse, Clive Stafford Smith.  Clive candidly discusses his work representing prisoners facing the death penalty, those held in secret prisons (including Guantanamo Bay), and the victims of assassination by drones. He also shares his less-than-glowing views on the criminal justice system, our treatment of criminals and forensic science.He even uses his incredible mind-melding abilities to interrogate Katherine and Paul (not like that) and poses a series of head-scratchers. Would you send someone you love to prison? What’s the worst thing Paul’s ever done? Is Katherine a marxist? All this and much more...It’s an important conversation to hear, but be aware it occasionally features some strong language and there are descriptions of torture. Possibly not one for the kids.Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below._ABOUT CLIVE STAFFORD SMITHCLIVE STAFFORD SMITH JD OBE is the founder of Reprieve, a London based human rights charity that focuses on the direct representation of prisoners facing the death penalty around the world, those held in secret prisons, and the victims of assassination by drones. Born in Cambridge, he is a dual UK-US national. He was educated at Radley College, where he studied science and mathematics. His law degree comes from Columbia Law School in New York. He worked for nine years at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a charity in Atlanta; in 1993, he founded the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, a non-profit law office in New Orleans specializing in the defence of capital cases at the trial level; he founded Reprieve in 1999. In early 2002 he was one of three lawyers who filed the initial litigation in Rasul v. Bush, to force the Bush administration to respect the rights of Muslim prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and other secret prisons. In 2000, he was awarded the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for “services to humanity”. He has been involved in more than 300 death penalty cases in the US and around the world, and has helped secure the release of 80 detainees in Guantánamo Bay, where he continues to represent a further 7 detainees. He lives in Dorset.Twitter: CliveSSmithLINKS AND RESOURCESReprieve https://reprieve.org.uk/ Kris Maharaj https://reprieve.org.uk/update/kris-maharaj-turns-80/ Ahmed Raabbani https://reprieve.org/cases/ahmed-rabbani/ ‘The World of Reprieve’ by Clive Stafford Smith https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks/the-word-of-reprieve/ _TAKE ACTIONhttps://reprieve.org.uk/take-action/00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In00:30 - Katherine and Paul catch up03:00 - Feedback from listeners04:40 - Introducing Clive Stafford Smith and his work05:49 - Clive joins the conversation06:00 - Clive on covid and human rights09:50 - Clive on how he got into law11:00 - Clive on the British legal system14:14 - Clive on innocence and fair trials 15:50 - Clive on forensic science16:50 - Clive on prison19:00 - Clive on the criminal justice system24:10 - Clive on rehabilitation25:30 - Clive on secret executions26:20 - Clive on doing better28:20 - Talk Snippet from GB2017 ‘The World of Reprieve’37:30 - Clive on Guantanamo Bay42:20 - Clive on hunger strikes44:30 - Clive on what we can do to help47:00 - Clive on violence and pacifism50:40 - Clive on faith54:00 - Clive on passion58:36 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Clive01:07:00 - How to get in touch with us01:08:10 - Thank you’s_A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires._https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/#SomewhereToBelieveIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 9mins

28 Aug 2020

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18. Clive Stafford Smith; Anti-Death Penalty Activist on Guantanamo Bay, Pakistan with Imran Khan, the Jordanian Secret Service and All-Night Parties in New Orleans

The Big Travel Podcast

The injustice of the death penalty is something to which Clive Stafford Smith, one of Britain and America’s most powerful lawyers, has dedicated his whole working life. Clive describes Guantanamo Bay (staff have a McDonald’s!), death rows across America, his travels to the families of prisoners across the Middle East and his campaigning against drone strikes in Pakistan with cricketer turned politician Imran Khan. This fascinating insight into a world not often seen is also surprisingly up-beat, with the wit and warmth of a man who loves to ‘work hard and play hard’ never far from the surface. On this episode we cover: How Wikipedia describes him One of Britain’s most powerful lawyers How his mum inspired him to help people who are less fortunate Representing people who are hated Krishna Maharaj, the British Trinidadian businessman imprisoned in Florida Death row The Columbian drug cartels Exonerating innocent people in capital cases How some US police feel frame crime suspects ‘The worse the crime the more obvious explanation’ Representing serial killer and paedophile Ricky Langley Lorelei Guillory – mother of murdered boy Jeremy Guillory What motivates him to represent death row inmates His fantastic job His 36 trips to Guantanamo Representing about 88 of prisoners in Guantanamo Guantanamo’s McDonald’s and golf courses Offending the US Army The decent people in Guantanamo How Trump is deranged The 23 people languishing in Guantanamo Last Resort by the Two Magpies Theatre in Bridport A future vision of Guantanamo as a visitor centre Concentration camps near Berlin The books that are banned in Guantanamo (including Jack and the Beanstalk!) The second largest landmine field The future of Cuba Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz Canel The ‘madman in the White House’ Growing up in Cambridge His mother’s work at King’s College Cambridge Moving to the US age 19 Finding out people on death row have no right to lawyers Loving his life in New Orleans Mardi Gras New Orleans Jazz Festival Setting up a death penalty trial office The prisons he has visited across America Angola Prison in Louisiana Mississippi blues players Describing death row Don Cabana – the decent warden in Mississippi The BBC documentary about death-row inmate Edward Johnson, who he was representing, Fourteen Days in May by Paul Hamann ‘managing to get an innocent person executed at a young age’ Diagnostic and Classification Centre in Georgia The electric chair Obama’s mistakes Attending a Ku Klux Klan The Assassination Programme of the White House ‘Terror Tuesday’ The CIA Concerns about the Trump administration ‘We are all better than the worst 15 minutes of our lives’ Preferring not to represent innocent people How we all do despicable things His new book about his father being bi-polar Mental health disorders Alain de Botton How we will all ask each other ‘how are you mad’? Travelling around the Middle East to find prisoner’s families Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan His terrifying detainment by the Jordanian Secret Service Being interrogated by the head of Secret Service Being in Pakistan with Imran Khan How Imran wont play for Clive’s local cricket team in Dorset (Mapperton Marauders!) Travelling to Waziristan to protest against drone strikes US drone strikes hitting schools and funerals The 16 year old who was killed after their meeting Asking the White House not to kill them The terrible driving skills in Pakistan Why the chaos was caused by the West Tony Blair ‘You can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb it into peace’ The conflict in Syria What politicians really should be doing about conflict in the Middle East Reasons to be cheerful How the charity is funded Running a charity with strong principles Three months in Corsica – aka the ‘happy’ story at the end Writing his new book Learning the drums through his son John Bonham and Led Zeppelin Corsican goat-herders with guns The unfortunate story about the family dog Having a theme tune for each capital case he takes on His appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs His wild nights of partying in New Orleans His awful dancing

36mins

21 May 2018

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Clive Stafford Smith, Lois Pryce, Nick Phillips, Christos Tsirogiannis

Midweek

A long-distance motorcycle rider who has ridden solo around the world, Lois Pryce is a co-founder of the Adventure Travel Film Festival. Her first trip was from Alaska to Buenos Aires and since then she has travelled across Africa from Tunis to Cape Town and has just returned from Brazil where she led an all women team of motorcyclists. She also plays banjo in a bluegrass band called 'The Jolenes' who are performing at the festival. 'The Adventure Travel Film Festival' runs from August 17th-20th in Sherborne, Dorset.Clive Stafford Smith is a lawyer specialising in defending people accused of the most serious crimes. He's also the founder and director of Reprieve. Based in the US for 26 years, he now works from the UK where he continues to defend prisoners on Death Row. In his book 'Injustice' he examines the case of Kris Maharaj who has been on Death Row for 25 years. 'Injustice' is published by Harvill Secker.Christos Tsirogiannis is a forensic archaeologist who investigates the theft of antiquities from ancient sites and museums. For several years Christos was the only archaeologist working for the Greek Police Art Squad in his native Athens. Now based at Cambridge University, he says the plundering of ancient artefacts is increasing as countries with the richest archaeological heritage are sinking further into financial crisis. Nick Phillips is starring in In Water I'm Weightless performed by National Theatre Wales as part of the London 2012 Festival. Nick was a trained dancer who broke his back in an accident 15 years ago and now uses a wheelchair. Taking a provocative look at the body and disability, In Water I'm Weightless is performed by a cast of six actors and dancers with disabilities. In Water I'm Weightless is at the Cardiff Millennium Centre July 26th-August 4th.Producer: Paula McGinley.

42mins

18 Jul 2012

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Clive Stafford Smith: Barack Obama and Guantanamo Bay

The Frontline Club

Shortly after his inauguartion Barack Obama signed orders to shut the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay by January 2010.That deadline will not be met partly as a result of resistance White House officials encountered from members of Congress opposed to moving prisoners to US soil and from other countries they had hoped would accept detainees.One year after his inauguration how much has been achieved? Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director of Reprieve, will be at the Frontline Club to examine President Barack Obama’s record of Guantanamo Bay as well as the detention facilities at Bagram and Abu Ghraib. To what extent has President Barack Obama succeeded in propelling the United States away from the Bush administration’s use of torture and extraordinary rendition?Moderated by BBC correspondent Jon Manel who has reported on Guantanamo and this month presented the programme “Closing Guantanamo”Last year he recorded exclusive first broadcast interviews with former detainee, Binyam Mohamed and the U.S. Guantanamo Closure Special Envoy, Daniel Fried. Photo courtesy of Scorpions and Centaurs through a Creative Commons license

1hr 44mins

21 Jan 2010

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Clive Stafford Smith

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2000-2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the death row lawyer Clive Stafford Smith. Clive Stafford Smith spent more than 25 years representing people on death row. He's saved hundreds of lives and counts his clients among his friends. He says his work is his calling - one he was drawn to after writing an essay on capital punishment while at school. Initially he thought it was a history essay and was appalled to find the death sentence was still in use. He planned to become a campaigning journalist, but a summer spent meeting prisoners on death row inmates convinced him that he would be able to achieve more by representing them directly. So he trained in law and set up his own legal practice to enable him to do so. He has received several awards for his work including, in 2002, the OBE.[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]Favourite track: Spem in Alium by Thomas TallisBook: The Koran (in Arabic and English)Luxury: My computer

33mins

21 Nov 2004