"I'm just talking about the law": Guantánamo and the Lawyers

Author
Marten Zwanenburg
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Human Rights and Human Welfare - Review Essays
Volume
7
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2007
Institution
Josef Korbel Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
Abstract
“Because the legal advice was we could do what we wanted to them there”. This is how a top-level Pentagon official, in David Rose's Guantánamo: The War on Human Rights, explains why detainees held by the United States have been detained at Guantanamo Bay. It is just one illustration of the important role that lawyers have played in the “War on Terror”—a role, along with factors that have or that may have influenced it, that forms the topic of this essay.
Topic
Government, Human Rights, Torture
Political Geography
United States