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January 18, 2020

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Guantanamo Bay: Dealing with the Enemy in an Age of Terror
Last Featured: 6/6/2005

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Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are entitled to due process and a recent federal court order that requires the U.S. government to give detainees an opportunity to challenge their imprisonment, those held in Cuba are likely to face a long legal battle before their fate is resolved. Civil rights advocates, who have uncovered new evidence of abuse at Guantanamo, argue that detainees continue to be deprived of basic human rights. But the Justice Department defends their practices as necessary and appropriate to the war on terror.

Richard A. Samp is chief counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation, where he coordinates the Foundation’s litigation activity. He wrote the foundation's amicus curiae brief in the 2004 Supreme Court case on the Guantanamo prisoners, supporting the government's position. Samp clerked for federal Judge Robert E. DeMascio of Detroit in the early 1980s.

Thomas Wilner is the managing partner of the International Trade and Global Relations Practice at Shearman & Sterling, LLP. He represents eleven Kuwaitis detained at Guantanamo Bay, and was counsel in Al Odah v. United States which was heard in the Supreme Court in 2004.

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"Carelessness about our security is dangerous. Carelessness about our freedom is also dangerous."

— former UN ambassador Adlai Stevenson

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The Geneva Conventions Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
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Human Rights First
U.S. Department of State
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Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
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Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror
by Thomas McInerney
Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier's Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantanamo
by Erik Saar, Viveca Novak
The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
Immigration and Policy
The Cuban Embargo