Street Law Launches "The Response" Educational Package

Legal education leader Street Law has created a package that includes a DVD of the film and classroom materials for teaching about national security law.

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JEFFERSON:

If these detainees weren’t Islamic
extremists before they got to Guantanamo --
what is locking them up here for 4 or 5
years turning them into? What are we
creating?

Counterinsurgency Doctrine

President Obama was elected in 2008, inheriting the laws and policies established post-9/11. During the presidential campaign he promised to close Guantanamo to "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism."

On his second full day in office, January 22, 2009, President Obama promised to return America to the "moral high ground" in the war on terrorism. The president signed an Executive Order declaring that the detention center would be closed within one year. (A second Executive Order signed the same day formally banned torture as an acceptable interrogation technique). President Obama said that Guantanamo “has damaged our national-security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for Al Qaeda." (Newsweek, Jan. 6, 2010)

The year passed, January 22, 2010 has come and gone, but Guantanamo remained open as of the spring of 2010. Congress has refused to provide any money for detainees to be transferred to the U.S. for trial or detention. President Obama has stated that he still intends to close Guantanamo , but no firm date has been set. His administration did complete a case-by-case review of every remaining detainee. (At this time there are less than 200 men still being held indefinitely.)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT COUNTERINSURGENCY DOCTRINE

Quick General Reference on Habeas Corpus

Wikipedia article on "Counter-insurgency"

Counterinsurgency Doctrine: Further Reading

The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against al Qaeda by Chris Mackey is a description of how real military interrogators view the challenge of understanding, communicating with, and gaining the cooperation of insurgents.

 

For Law Schools, Colleges, and High Schools:

Educational Support Materials for the "The Response" and a DVD of the film are available from the Street Law organization: online or by calling 301-589-1130 ext. 220.