Law School Features Panel on Military Detainee Policy and Operations

Posted: February 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS) of the School of Law, in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DoD), will present a panel discussion about detainee policy and operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday, Feb.16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Arlington Campus. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Charles Stimson will provide opening remarks.

Other topics to be covered include the determination of enemy combatants and the annual process to determine whether each detainee should be released, transferred or further detained; the charging of war crimes to be tried by military commissions; and related matters such as recent legislation governing the treatment of detainees and pending Supreme Court litigation over military commissions.

Joseph Zengerle, executive director of CLAS, will moderate the program. A Vietnam veteran, he clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger and was appointed as the assistant secretary of the Air Force by President Jimmy Carter. Zengerle developed and taught a law and policy seminar on homeland security and the war on terror for the Law School from 2002-04.

Panelists will include:

  • Rear Adm. James McGarrah, director, Office for the Administrative

    Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatant
  • Brig. Gen. Thomas Hemingway, DoD legal adviser, Military Commissions
  • Alan Liotta, principal director, DoD’s Office of Detainee Affairs
  • Col. Barry Coble, chief of Detainee Affairs for the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The discussion will be held in Room 121 of Hazel Hall.

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