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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Origins

Supreme Court decisions and Congressional legislation have led to a back-and-forth about the habeas corpus protections afforded detainees at Guantanamo. The Bush Administration held that, because terrorism suspects were not part of an organized and uniformed national military force, any detainees were not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Conventions. A key question is how procedures at Guantanamo relate to the Uniform Code of Military Justice ("UCMJ").

Post-9/11 Policy

On September 18, 2001, Congress authorized the president to take a range of actions to preempt terrorism. In the aftermath, so-called “unlawful enemy combatants” were rounded up in Afghanistan and Iraq. Successive administrations have now argued that the President has wide-ranging powers that are not checked by Congress or the Supreme Court.

Guantanamo

A key aspect of Guantanamo procedures was limitation of detainee representation. The core procedure was called a "Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT)". Scholars have now compiled compelling statistics on the outcomes of hundreds of detentions andCSRTs.

Emerging Law & Policy

Guantanamo remains at the center of emerging law and policy, particularly in the areas of counterinsurgency doctrine, Supreme Court decisions, and terrorism prosecutions.

To see what a CSRT looks like . . .

 

Events of Special Interest

 

Learn about how you can host a screening of "The Response" and see upcoming activity in your state!

 

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.