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WGBH Forum Network; Defending Guantanamo Bay Detainees

03/30/2006

Defending Guantanamo Bay Detainees Thomas B. Wilner, partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP P. Sabin Willett, partner, Binghman McCutchen Gita Gutierrez, civil rights attorney, Ctr. for Constitutional Rights Joshua Rubenstein, regional director, Amnesty International Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States government has held hundreds of men at Guantanamo Bay as part of its "global war on terrorism." Some see the methods employed there as necessary to protect ourselves against new and horrifying threats to national security. However, the secrecy and questions about the legality of the imprisonments have drawn concern from lawmakers, foreign governments and human rights groups. They claim that such measures violate the Geneva Conventions, inspire anti-Americanism, and infringe upon the very foundations of our civil rights. In a program cosponsored by Amnesty International USA, three lawyers currently defending prisoners in Guantanamo Bay talk about who the detainees are and why the United States continues to hold them.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Defending Guantanamo Bay Detainees
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3044

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DEFENDING GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES THOMAS B. WILNER, PARTNER, SHEARMAN & STERLING LLP P. SABIN WILLETT, PARTNER, BINGHMAN MCCUTCHEN GITA GUTIERREZ, CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, CTR. FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

SINCE THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS HELD HUNDREDS OF MEN AT GUANTANAMO BAY AS PART OF ITS "GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM." SOME SEE THE METHODS EMPLOYED THERE AS NECESSARY TO PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST NEW AND HORRIFYING THREATS TO NATIONAL SECURITY. HOWEVER, THE SECRECY AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LEGALITY OF THE IMPRISONMENTS HAVE DRAWN CONCERN FROM LAWMAKERS, FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS. THEY CLAIM THAT SUCH MEASURES VIOLATE THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS, INSPIRE ANTI-AMERICANISM, AND INFRINGE UPON THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS. IN A PROGRAM COSPONSORED BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA, THREE LAWYERS CURRENTLY DEFENDING PRISONERS IN GUANTANAMO BAY TALK ABOUT WHO THE DETAINEES ARE AND WHY THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO HOLD THEM.

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