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Podcasts – Governmental Affairs Committees

Prosecuting Torture?: Moving Forward after the Senate Intelligence Committee Report – 4/16/15

The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program has renewed calls both domestically and internationally to hold accountable those responsible for America’s use of torture after 9/11. This program will examine the possibility of criminal prosecutions for torture as well as the implications of the current policy of looking forward, not backward.

Moderator: Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University

Speakers: Laura Pitter, Senior National Security Counsel, Human Rights Watch; David Raskin, Clifford Chance; former chief of the Terrorism & National Security unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; Michael Richter, Joseph Hage Aaronson; former intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project

Sponsored by: Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law & the International Human Rights Committee

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Guantanamo After the SSCI Report On Torture – 3/04/15

This program will examine the impact of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on Torture on the ongoing prosecutions and habeas proceedings in the military commission system at Guantanamo and address the ongoing debate on its closure.

This is a follow-up to programs at the Association with Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions, and with James Connell and Commander Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., Learned Counsel for 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo.

Moderator: Karen Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law School

Speakers: Cliff Sloan, former Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure at the U.S. Department of State; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights; James Connell III, criminal defense attorney who represents Ammar al Baluchi, one of the 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo; Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., criminal defense attorney who represents Mustafa Al Hawsawi, one of the 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo

Sponsored by: Committee on Military Affairs & Justice, Michael Richter, Chair

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A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 11/14/13

The Guantanamo Bay military commissions have become one of the biggest legal controversies of the past decade. Attorneys representing military commission defendants have faced reading of their legal mail, monitoring devices in attorney-client meeting rooms, and interruption of arguments by an outside intelligence agency. Jess Bravin, author of The Terror Courts, will discuss the recent history of the military commissions; two of the defense attorneys, Commander Walter Ruiz and James Connell, will describe the ongoing challenge of trying to practice law at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is a follow-up to a program at the Association with Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions.

Moderator: Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent, Wall Street Journal; Author, The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay. Speakers:James Connell, Learned Counsel for Ammar al Baluchi; Commander Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., Learned Counsel for Mustafa Al Hawsawi

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Federal Courts, Military Commissions, and Indefinite Detention: The Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects and Treatment of Those “Too Dangerous to Release, But Too Difficult to Prosecute” – 4/7/10

Featured Speakers: Scott Horton, Contributing Editor of Harper’s Magazine and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School; James J. Benjamin, Jr., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Co-Author of Human Rights First Report, “In Pursuit of Justice: Prosecuting Terrorist Cases in the Federal Courts”; Eric Bruce, Kobre & Kim LLC, former Counselor to U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey; and Gregory Katsas, Jones Day, former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

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