Terrorism: Crime and Punishment

  • January 23, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Extraordinary rendition. Torture. Cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. The United States has been accused of all of the above. The Constitution Project’s bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment recently released a comprehensive analysis examining the federal government’s policies and actions related to the capture, detention, and prosecution of suspected terrorists in US custody during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. The product of more than two years of research, analysis, and deliberation by Task Force members and staff, the report provides the American people with a broad understanding of what is known—and what may still be unknown—about the treatment of suspected terrorists detained by the US government as the nation mobilized to deal with a global terrorist threat. Join Task Force member Ambassador Thomas Pickering and top human rights law policy maker Ambassador Scheffer for a discussion of some of these difficult issues.


Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Career Ambassador, US Department of State
Ambassador David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Hellman Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Thomas P. Sullivan, Partner Jenner & Block LLP
Douglass Cassel, Professor of Law, and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, University of Notre Dame


5:30 p.m.
Registration & cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.
Presentation & discussion

7:15 p.m.


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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...