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Book Discussion on C-Span

At Sunday at 7am and 6:30pm ET, tune into C-Span to see a panel discussion with editors and contributors from The Guantanamo Lawyers. The discussion took place at the NYU School of Law in November.

[ More ] January 6th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Media |

FireDogLake Book Salon

Jonathan Hafetz and Mark Denbeaux, co-editors of The Guantanamo Lawyers, took questions from readers this weekend at Firedoglake.

[ More ] December 22nd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Media, Press, Reviews |

Justice as Paradox: Civilian Trials for 9/11 Suspects

Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Friday that Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and four other individuals allegedly responsible for the 9/11 attacks would be brought to trial in federal court takes an important—if long overdue—step towards restoring the rule of law. No longer are these men “high value detainees,” a label invented out of whole cloth to sanction their previous disappearance into a secret CIA prison and torture.

[ More ] November 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Media, Press |

Melissa Hoffer: Abducted

Before arriving at GTMO, Mohamed Nechla, Lakhdar Boumediene, Hadj Boudella, Belkacern Bensayah, Saber Lahmar, and Mustafa Ait Idir were all living ordinary lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mohamed and Lakhdar worked with children orphaned in the civil war. Mustafa repaired computers and provided technical support services. Saber and his wife were expecting a child.

In October 2001, their lives were shattered when the U.S. insisted that Bosnia arrest the six men—all Muslims of Algerian descent—based on unfounded U.S. allegations that they were involved in a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia.

[ More ] October 26th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Excerpts |

“Bound to reverberate for years to come” – Kirkus

Following the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration chose the naval base at Guantánamo to house the “worst of the worst” prisoners, as Donald Rumsfeld put it. (See Karen Greenberg’s recent The Least Worst Place for an account of the detention regime’s early history.) There, more than 750 men remained for [...]

[ More ] October 23rd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Reviews |

Harris Institute Lecture: Guantánamo and the Rule of Law

Forty years ago, America put the first man on the moon, a feat that remains an enduring symbol of promise and possibility. Today, after more than eight years, America cannot seem to find a solution to the fate of some 200 prisoners languishing at Guantánamo Bay that honors the most basic values of its Constitution. How can a nation capable of accomplishing so much, be incapable of so little?

Following his inauguration in January, President Obama announced that Guantánamo must be closed within a year, and that doing so was required both by America’s values and its security. Four months later, in a speech at the National Archives—the repository of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution—Obama reminded the country that “the existence of Guantánamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained.” Now, however, it increasingly likely that the scheduled closure date will not be met, as high-level administration officials—testing the political waters for the coming let-down—have begun citing a litany of complications—some real, others imagined—for the anticipated delay.

[ More ] October 22nd, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted in Press |

“Puts America On Notice” – Publishers Weekly

This collection of stirring narrative, government data and testimony, edited by two of the lawyers for those detained by the Bush administration as unlawful combatants at Guantánamo, puts America on notice about the issues of civil liberties and constitutional freedoms. Denbeaux and Hafetz have edited together accounts from 100 other detainee advocates into a chronological [...]

[ More ] September 8th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Reviews |

Steven Watt and Ben Wizner: Not-So-Secret Man

In November of 2006, our client, Khaled El-Masri, traveled to the United States to observe oral arguments in his lawsuit against U.S. officials and contractors. Under normal circumstances, such a visit could hardly be more ordinary. But there was nothing ordinary about El-Masri’s visit. Remarkably, El-Masri may be the only victim of the Bush administration’s [...]

[ More ] August 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Detainee Stories, Excerpts |

P. Sabin Willet: Who’s at Guantánamo Anyway?

That’s what I was wondering one hot day last July when I walked across a prison yard so silent and sterile as to be a little eerie. Nothing grew in the yard: no grass or flower or tree or even weed. We approached a hut. Inside was a man chained to the floor. His name [...]

[ More ] August 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Excerpts |

David Frakt: Mortal Fear

Mohammed Jawad was a functionally illiterate young man from the Pashtun tribal region of Afghanistan. He had been arrested on December 17, 2002, in Kabul by Afghan authorities in connection with a hand-grenade attack on a jeep containing two U.S. Special Forces soldiers and their local Afghan interpreter. The attack took place in broad daylight [...]

[ More ] August 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Detainee Stories, Excerpts |