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.

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Dan Aalbers
Psychologist and Activist, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology

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

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

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Mark Fallon
Deputy Commander, Criminal Investigation Task Force  

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

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

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Brittain Mallow
Commander, Criminal Investigation Task Force

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

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Stephen Soldz
Professor, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

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

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Thomas B. Wilner
Attorney for Kuwaiti detainees at GTMO

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Feroz Ali Abassi
Cageprisoners Caseworker; former Guantánamo detainee

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

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V. Stuart Couch
Prosecutor, Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions

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

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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

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Michael Ratner
President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights

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

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

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Andy Worthington
Journalist and author, The Guantánamo Files

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

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

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Morris D. Davis
Chief Prosecutor, Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions

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Daniel Heyman
Artist, Abu Ghraib Detainee Interview Project

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Jameel Jaffer
Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union

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Pardiss Kebriaei
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

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

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Steven Reisner
Psychologist and Activist, Coalition for an Ethical Psychology

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

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

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

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Moazzam Begg
Cageprisoners Director; former Guantánamo detainee

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Cerie Bullivant
Cageprisoners Caseworker Intern; former control order detainee

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Joshua L. Dratel
Attorney for Guantánamo detainee David Hicks

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

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Shane Kadidal
Senior Managing Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

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

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Asim Qureshi
Cageprisoners Executive Director and Research Director

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

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

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P. Sabin Willett
Attorney for Uighur detainees at GTMO