Detention of Terrorism Suspects: The Material Witness Statute, GTMO, and Future Policy

  • May 11, 2011

On May 17, 2011 TCP gathered a distinguished panel of experts to discuss U.S. detention policy for terrorism suspects at a videotaped event. The use of the material witness statute for preventive detention is the subject of a Supreme Court challenge this term in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd. Mr. al-Kidd’s counsel, Lee Gelernt, discussed the case while panelists Hon. James Robertson, Suzanne E. Spaulding, Steve Vladeck, and Kenneth Wainstein provided a range of perspectives on U.S. policies and practices related to the detention of terrorism suspects.

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“It was torture,” TCP's independent, bipartisan, blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment concluded in a report released April 16, 2013. The group looked at the federal government's policies and actions related to the detention and treatment of suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere and held in U.S. custody during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Read More...