The Rule of Law Oral History Project

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The Rule of Law Oral History Project was initiated in 2008 to explore and document the state of human and civil rights in the post-9/11 world. In its first year, the project conducted a series of interviews with attorneys in order to document legal challenges against capital punishment in the United States. Recognizing important intersections between litigation challenging the administration of capital punishment and the legal architecture of post-9/11 detention policies and practices, the Rule of Law Oral History Project expanded in 2010 to study the statutory and constitutional challenges of the use of the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.

Select interviews from the project are featured here.

Aalbers

Dan Aalbers
Psychologist and Activist, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology

Boulanger

Ghislaine Boulanger
Psychologist; co-founder of Psychologists for an Ethical APA

Burr

Richard H. Burr
Burr and Welch P.C.; Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel

Fallon

Mark Fallon
Deputy Commander, Criminal Investigation Task Force   

Holtzman

Elizabeth Holtzman
U.S. Congresswoman, D-New York, 1973-1981

Kassem

Ramzi Kassem
Associate Professor, CUNY School of Law; attorney for several GTMO detainees

Mallow

Brittain Mallow
Commander, Criminal Investigation Task Force

Randolph

A. Raymond Randolph
Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Soldz

Stephen Soldz
Professor, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Urbina

Ricardo M. Urbina
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Retired

Wilner

Thomas B. Wilner
Attorney for Kuwaiti detainees at GTMO

Abbasi

Feroz Ali Abassi
Cageprisoners Caseworker; former Guantánamo detainee

Bradley

Yvonne R. Bradley
Defense Counsel, Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Air Force

Couch

V. Stuart Couch
Prosecutor, Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions

Greenberg

Karen J. Greenberg
Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law School

Horton

Scott Horton
Journalist, "No Comment" blog, Harper's Magazine

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Zachary P. Katznelson
Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project

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Jane Mayer
Author, The Dark Side; staff writer, The New Yorker

Ratner

Michael Ratner
President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights

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Clive Stafford Smith
Director, Reprieve; Attorney for several GTMO detainees

Varon

Jeremy Varon
Witness Against Torture; co-editor, The Sixties journal

Worthington

Andy Worthington
Journalist and author, The Guantánamo Files

Amsterdam

Anthony G. Amsterdam
University Professor, New York University School of Law

Bright

Stephen B. Bright
President and Senior Counsel, the Southern Center for Human Rights

Davis

Morris D. Davis
Chief Prosecutor, Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions

Heyman

Daniel Heyman
Artist, Abu Ghraib Detainee Interview Project

Jaffer

Jameel Jaffer
Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union

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Pardiss Kebriaei
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

Peirce

Gareth Peirce
Attorney for Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, and Rhuhel Ahmed

Reisner

Steven Reisner
Psychologist and Activist, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology

Stevens

John Paul Stevens
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Retired

Wilkerson

Lawrence B. Wilkerson
Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Xenakis

Stephen N. Xenakis
Psychiatrist; Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired

Begg

Moazzam Begg
Cageprisoners Director; former Guantánamo detainee

Bullivant

Cerie Bullivant
Cageprisoners Caseworker Intern; former control order detainee

Dratel

Joshua L. Dratel
Attorney for Guantánamo detainee David Hicks

Hoar

Joseph P. Hoar
Former Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command [CENTCOM]

Kadidal

Shane Kadidal
Senior Managing Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

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Robert C. Kirsch
Co-lead Counsel, Boumediene v. Bush; Partner, WilmerHale

Qureshi

Asim Qureshi
Cageprisoners Executive Director and Research Director

Robertson

James Robertson
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Retired

Swift

Charles D. Swift
Military Defense Attorney for Salim Hamdan, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

Willett

P. Sabin Willett
Attorney for Uighur detainees at GTMO