Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power

Joseph Margulies

The detention system established by the Bush Administration at Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba is like no different in our nation’s historical past. Joseph Margulies traces the event of this detention coverage from its ill-conceived creation in 2002 as “the perfect interrogation chamber” to its current type, the place most prisoners are held with out fees in a super-maximum safety jail, although the U.S. authorities has acknowledged that many have been cleared for launch and many of the others should not even alleged to have dedicated a hostile act towards america or its allies.

Margulies, who was the lead lawyer within the Supreme Courtroom case Rasul v. Bush, writes that Guantánamo and different secret CIA and Protection Division detention facilities around the globe have change into “prisons past the legislation,” the place the Administration claims the appropriate to carry folks indefinitely, incommunicado, and in solitary confinement with out fees, entry to counsel, and with out good thing about the Geneva Conventions. Weaving collectively firsthand accounts of army personnel who witnessed the interrogations at Guantánamo together with the phrases of the prisoners themselves, Margulies exposes the chilling actuality of a “conflict on terror” that masks an assault on primary human rights — rights to which america has at all times subscribed.