Obama's Guantánamo by Jonathan Hafetz
Stories from an Enduring Prison

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An alarming and important indictment of Obama’s ineffectual approach to one of his signature campaign issues and of America’s tarnished system of justice as a whole.
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The U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay has become the symbol of an unprecedented detention system of global reach and immense power. Since the 9/11 attacks, the news has on an almost daily basis headlined stories of prisoners held indefinitely at Guantánamo without charge or trial, many of whom have been interrogated in violation of restrictions on torture and other abuse.  These individuals, once labeled “enemy combatants” to eliminate legal restrictions on their treatment, have in numerous instances been subject to lawless renditions between prisons around the world. The lines between law enforcement and military action; crime and war; and the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of power have become dangerously blurred, and it is time to unpack the evolution and trajectory of these detentions to devise policies that restore the rule of law and due process. Obama’s Guantánamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison describes President Obama’s failure to close America’s enduring offshore detention center, as he had promised to do within his first year in office, and the costs of that failure for those imprisoned there. Like its predecessor, Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law, Obama’s Guantánamo consists of accounts from lawyers who have not only represented detainees, but also served as their main connection to the outside world. Their stories provide us with an accessible explanation of the forces at work in the detentions and place detainees’ stories in the larger context of America’s submission to fearmongering.   These stories demonstrate all that is wrong with the prison and the importance of maintaining a commitment to human rights even in times of insecurity.   
 

About Jonathan Hafetz

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Jonathan Hafetz is Associate Professor at Seton Hall Law School and has litigated numerous landmark habeas corpus detention cases. He also is the co-editor (with Mark Denbeaux) of The Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law (NYU Press, 2009).
 
Published June 17, 2016 by NYU Press. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, War, Crime.
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An alarming and important indictment of Obama’s ineffectual approach to one of his signature campaign issues and of America’s tarnished system of justice as a whole.

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