On May 10, Rep. Jim Moran hosted a standing only briefing on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and their staff titled “Guantánamo: From Crisis to Solution.” A panel of distinguished experts examined the ongoing hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay – which as of May 10 involved 100 of the 166 remaining detainees, 27 of whom were being force fed – and explored steps that can be taken to mitigate the current crisis, in particular by reducing the detainee population. All panelists agreed that President Obama must immediately begin transferring cleared detainees by exercising authority he has under current law. Rep. Moran has been a longtime advocate for the closure of the detention facility.
Members of the panel included: General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.), a former intelligence officer and expert in prisoner-of-war interrogation with the Sixth Army Intelligence School, and a member of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment; Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, USA (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, and a member of TCP’s Liberty and Security Committee; Dr. George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and a founder of The National Religious Campaign Against Torture; and, Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. TCP Board member Kristine Huskey moderated the panel.
The panel was co-sponsored by The Constitution Project, The National Religious Campaign Against Torture and The New America Foundation. C-SPAN broadcast the briefing live.