Oral history interview with Karen J. Greenberg [electronic resource], 2013.
Director, Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.
Scope and Contents
Born: 1955, New London, CT. Education: B.A., Cornell University; PhD, Yale University. Career: Vice President for Programs, Soros Foundation; author, editor, The Least Worst Place, The Torture Papers, and The Torture Debate in America; Founder, State Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School; Director, Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. Reminiscences: founding of State Center on Law and Security; compilation of torture memos and editing of The Torture Papers; national instability before 9/11; personal experience on 9/11.
Discussions: Bush administration and unitary executive theory; United States government access to intelligence before 9/11; motivations of Osama bin Laden; Military Commission Order; Bush administration's mistrust of courts; the opening of, and early legal policies at, Guantánamo Bay; arbitrary capture of terror suspects; Bush administration's interpretation of Geneva Conventions; legacy of General Colin Powell; early changes of command and creation of Joint Task Force 160 at Guantánamo; detainee recidivism ; media coverage of Guantánamo; U.S. government intelligence gathering techniques; rendition and indefinite detention; federal courts and detainee habeas petitions; Office of Legal Counsel misconduct; conditions at American prisons compared to Guantánamo; Central Intelligence Agency black sites; Obama administration policies on Guantánamo; military commissions compared to federal court cases; targeted drone killings; future of war on terror. Cases discussed: Adel Hassan Hamad v. George W. Bush, et al; Hamdan v. Rumsfeld; Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project; Hamdi v. Rumsfeld; Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen Dataplan Inc.
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