Yesterday, The New Yorker ran an article featuring the research of Seton Hall Law professors Jonathan Hafetz and Mark Denbeaux and the Center for Policy and Research Fellows. The article, “The Dark Ages: A Critic at Large,” details the origins of the War on Terror and analyzes how due process and other legal matters have changed over time. The article draws on two books written by Professor Hafetz, “Habeas Corpus After 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System,” and “The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law,” which was co-edited by Professor Denbeaux.
The article brings to light the brutal tactics used by the DOD in interrogations of detainees at Guantanamo and other military installations throughout the world. It also points out that the Bush administration was not held accountable for these alleged human rights abuses, instead choosing to create rules and procedures ad hoc to work around existing international and domestic laws. In addition to citing Professor Hafetz and Professor Denbeaux’s work, the article references the Center for Policy & Research’s flagship “Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data,” noting that only five per cent of Guantanamo detainees had been arrested by U.S. forces. Pakistani and Northern Alliance forces had captured forty-seven per cent based on bounties issued by the U.S. military.
In addition to this reference, the Guantanamo Reports have been introduced into the Congressional record by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and as part of a Resolution by the European Parliament. While the Center for Policy and Research is still working to uncover information regarding Guantanamo Bay and the treatment of detainees, work done by its students and faculty continues to affect public opinion and policy change.
Christopher Whitten, Research Fellow
Center for Policy & Research