Jonathan Hafetz

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Outrage Fatigue: The Danger of Getting Used to Gitmo

By Jonathan Hafetz
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On Jan. 21, 2009, in just his second day in office and flanked by former generals and admirals, President Barack Obama pledged to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.S. prison that had become synonymous with human rights abuses and lawlessness. Obama has largely succeeded in eliminating Bush-era practices of torture and secret detention. But the plan to close Guantanamo has failed, with the president’s lofty rhetoric foundering on the reality of a new politics of terrorism. more

Mali Conflict Reopens Debate on Detention of Terrorist Suspects

By Jonathan Hafetz
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Amid continuing international armed conflict with nonstate actors, including the recent French intervention in Mali, questions about the treatment of terrorism suspects arrested during military operations remain unresolved. The U.S. approach has made it easier to hold terrorism suspects without the burdens of a criminal trial but has also created the problem of prolonged, open-ended imprisonment. more

U.S. Rendition Program: First Steps Toward Accountability

By Jonathan Hafetz
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A recent report by the Open Society Justice Initiative provides new insights into the “extraordinary rendition” program the United States operated after 9/11, revealing just how widely the program swept and which countries participated. The report raises important questions about both accountability for past human rights abuses and the future of U.S. counterterrorism policy under the Obama administration. more