Professor Mark Denbeaux on "Due Process" regarding Mohamedou Slahi
Professor Mark Denbeaux appears on legal affairs show, "Due Process" to discuss a GTMO detainee's plight
Professor Mark Denbeaux, Director of the Center for Policy & Research, appeared as a guest on Thirteen WNET/NJTV's legal affairs show, Due Process, along with Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. They discussed the controversial book, Guantanamo Diary, published by detainee Mohamedou Slahi, who has been held for 13 years at GTMO. Though Slahi was cleared for release in 2010, he has yet to be permitted to leave.
Show host Raymond Brown asked Professor Denbeaux how he believes President Obama's administration must view their role in the perpetuation of the detainment camp, despite the President's stated view that Guantanamo must be closed. Professor Denbeaux responded:
I was talking with a member of the Justice Department who was opposing habeas, and I asked him, 'When your grandchild asks you, what did you do in the global war on terror, what will you tell him?' and his answer shocked me: 'I was doing my job.' The Justice Department, before 2008, had the same people in it after 2008... They were applying the same rules of law, the civil procedure rules. I actually concluded they perceived that it was their job to be precise, elegant and careful in their lawyering, with no regard to whether what they were doing actually got people released.
Professor Denbeaux expressed confidence that Guantanamo Diary will help secure Slahi's release, but Professor Denbeaux believes that many of the remaining detainees will never benefit from due process: "The real problem is the lost ones, who are viewed as dangerous, who don't have good lawyers, who are missing. They may never get out."